A man accused of stealing more than $500,000 from dozens of victims is auctioning off all of his assets. Richard Wooton, the owner of Crossroads Remodeling of Albertville, MN, is accused of failing to complete remodeling projects of more than 40 families. Several families paid the contractor in full to receive deep discounts on their projects. As pressure mounts on Wooton, he is attempting to liquidate his business assets via an online auction.
Auction Masters an online auction site is hosting an online auction at his address. Wooton is attempting to unload his high priced inventory. There are 237 separate items for sale. The auction will end on September 24th. Some of the auction includes are:
John Deere 1025R Tractor
John Deer 332D Skid Steer
21 Foot RC Trailer
2014 Chevy Silverado
2014 21 Foot Tandem Axle Flatbed Trailer
7000 Watt Power Generator
Various Construction Tools
Various Air Compressors
Assorted Household Items
Assorted Building Materials
Several of the items have reached bids in the thousands of dollars. The tractor and skid steer currently have bids totaling $19,000.
Authorities have yet to seize any of Wooton’s assets. This auction isn’t his first attempt to sell his assets. He’s already used Facebook car auction sites to sell a 2014 Corvette and 2 GMC Pick-ups.
Also, Wooton listed the home he owns with wife Deb Larson on the market earlier this month. The listing was removed from the market within days following community pushback.
We attempted to reach out to the auction site to let them know he may be auctioning off stolen property. However, we have not heard back from the site at this time.
Without a warrant to seize assets, Wooton can sell off any of his assets. The sale could prove problematic to homeowners hoping to recoup some of their losses. For now, there appears little can be done to stop Wooton. Hopefully, authorities can get a judge to agree to seize any remaining assets.
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