KSTP.com - Nicole Muehlhausen - 05/20/2009
Imagine opening up the mail and finding out you're in default—a judge issuing a judgment against you that could lead to your financial ruin.
It’s happened to up to 200 people in Hennepin County, all by mistake. Authorities say one man is to blame and he could go to prison.
Angus Mceachern, 23, had one key job: Serve people with papers saying they're being sued for owing money. But investigators say he never did that and now 1,000 cases are under review.
Mceachern, of Brooklyn Center, faces 13 counts of perjury. He’s accused of lying about serving people with legal papers, leading to huge consequences for homeowners like Valerie Pitel.
Pitel says without warning, a judge entered a default judgment against her when she didn't show up for a court hearing she didn't know she had.
"I didn't know anything about it. I didn't know what to do," she said.
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Hennepin Co. cases reviewed due to unserved summons