The Enigmatic Carlton Knight

Ever so often, someone e-mails me a question or volunteers information about my real estate developer Carlton Knight.

For those of you who don't know the history, he is the driving force behind me starting my blog.  He is the reason "I Hate My Developer" exists.

In the pre-Chicago Now version of this blog, I wrote extensively about the questionable workmanship on our condo association, the lack of permits and some of his legal cases.

The positive spin is that a picture of Mr. Knight's character and business practices clearly emerged, the downside was it emerged for me and my fellow owners too late.

Since then, other business and financial institutions have learned that lesson too late as well.  Take my word for it when I say it's a hard lesson to learn and a bitter pill to swallow.

In short, it sucks to be taken advantage of.

I fought the good fight.  Pissed and moaned to every city and state official I could think of.   A  few of them who got to know my name on a regular basis did provide some help, but the way the laws were written there was little that could be done.

Basically I was told that actions against Mr. Knight were of a civil nature and not a criminal one.

At the time my neighbors and I couldn't find his assets, so what was the point of pursuing him?  The first thing any half decent attorney would want to know is where is the money?  If you can't provide that answer, you might as well not even try.

I honestly understand that fighting the good fight is exhausting.  Most people don't have the tenacity to continue in a extended legal brawl.  Frankly, most of us don't have the legal knowledge or the resources to do so.

At some point, you have to let go and let God.

That still didn't stop me from occasionally writing about Mr. Knight; which leads me to this post today.

While Mr. Knight is not top of mind, I still do random internet searches and searches through the public records of the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court's databases to see if anything interesting pops up.

Yesterday something very interesting came on my radar.

During my "active" period of culling information about Mr. Knight, I had heard a rumor that he had spent some time as a guest of the federal authorities.  I had tried to find that information but as you can imagine, if you don't know where to  get a look at federal records it can be a bit challenging.

After all of that effort, had I simply entered the search string "Carlton Knight Chicago," I'm sure this nice piece of information would of popped up years ago.

It's a long read but extremely informative.

Now I supposed it could be another Carlton Knight from Chicago.  With all of the same trail of lawsuits and unpaid debts that also happens to represents himself Pro Se with a wife (at least at the time) that has the same name---but I doubt it.

That information in the legal brief only confirmed what my gut had been trying to tell me long ago---stay away.

Anytime a person responds to a question you have by saying, "Locks are for honest people" you should seriously reconsider any type of dealings you may have with them.

That's what's called a red flag.

Yes it's much needed information that came too late.  Yet my hope is that it will help someone else in the future.

That having a complete picture of who you're dealing with will help you make an informed decision.

Because God know I wish I knew then what I know now.


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