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Milwaukee County Man Convicted of Filing Phony Liens

Cornelius Hill convicted of 12 Felony Counts of Criminal Slander of Title


MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that a Milwaukee County resident has been convicted in Dane County of felony charges of criminal slander of title for filing phony liens against individuals and public officials.


Cornelius Hill was convicted today after a jury trial before Judge William Hanrahan of twelve counts of criminal slander of title.  Each count is a class H felony punishable by six years imprisonment or a $10,000 fine, or both.


According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal complaint, between June 2011 and through early April 2012, Hill submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Uniform Commercial Code liens against circuit court judges who presided over cases involving Hill including a criminal case, a county forfeiture case, a mortgage foreclosure, a civil lawsuit for fraud and a foreclosure action against another person, an assistant district attorney involved in prosecuting Hill, a law enforcement officer who issued citations against Hill, and attorneys involved in the civil cases.  The liens alleged that the victims owed Hill anywhere from $500,000 to $202 million dollars.  The complaint alleged that none of the victims gave consent or authorized the filing of the liens.


Judge Hanrahan revoked Hill’s bail after conviction and ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared.  A sentencing date will be scheduled.


The case was investigated by DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent David Klabunde and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte as special prosecutor.  Amy Severt of the Office of Crime Victim Services provides victim and witness services.


A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.