- Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials in Pittsburgh are asking a judge to sign off on the sale of four blighted properties once owned by a former developer who fled the country and was indicted in a mortgage scheme.

City solicitor Lourdes Sanchez Ridge tells The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1PBiOQC ) the city sent 40 certified letters to various addresses of Bernardo Katz.

Katz left the United States for Brazil in 2007. Federal authorities indicted him in 2009 on conspiracy and mortgage fraud charges and consider him a fugitive.

The 56-year-old Katz defaulted on a $750,000 Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority loan intended to support improvements in Beechview. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

Ridge says officials are trying to notify Katz that it intends to sell his tax-delinquent properties. The sale is scheduled for Oct. 30.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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