Man faces felony charge in move to buy a new home
A Minnesota man faces felony charges after authorities say he moved into a new house without the owner’s permission and damaged it.
Police say 35-year-old Ryan Boudreau, of Minneapolis, bought the home for $1.6 million last month and then moved it into a shed to install solar panels.
Boudier’s attorney told ABC News the property was not registered as a condominium, so he was not required to pay taxes.
But the Minnesota Department of Revenue found that Boudiers property has $1,543,094 in unpaid taxes, according to the state Department of Finance.
Bousaus lawyer says he doesn’t know how much Bouds house is worth.
“We’re trying to figure out how much it’s worth and what the taxes are on it,” attorney Michael DeGraffenreid told ABC affiliate WCCO.
“It is not an issue of tax liability.”
The homeowner, who has not been identified, was charged with misdemeanor damage to property, the Minnesota Division of Criminal Investigation told WCCA.
“This is a very serious charge and a violation of the Minnesota Statute, and if convicted it would be a felony,” Assistant Attorney General Chris Schoenfeld told WCPO.
The department said it was reviewing the case and could take further action.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.