Sheriff Candidate Who’s Home is in Foreclosure Vows to “Protect people’s property rights and investigate crimes of fraud and theft”
Sheriff Candidate Who’s Home is in Foreclosure Vows to “Protect people’s property rights and investigate crimes of fraud and theft” once Elected
COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai County Sheriff candidate Tina Kunishige has yet to vacate her Coeur d’Alene home, which was sold May 4 in a trustee sale.
If the court has to issue a writ of eviction, Tina and Chris Kunishige could be removed from the residence by deputies employed by the sheriff’s office Tina hopes to lead.
In June, attorneys for Wells Fargo filed a post-foreclosure complaint for ejectment and restitution. The court document says Wells Fargo owns the property.
“Plaintiff was entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. Defendants have failed and refused to surrender the property…” states the complaint.
Kunishige, running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Sheriff Ben Wolfinger in the Nov. 8 election, said she believes she is a victim of a Wells Fargo foreclosure scam.
“Why is this happening to us? I don’t know. It’s through no fault of our own,” Kunishige said in an email to The Press. “We have never once been late on our payments, and always paid our property taxes and insurance. This is not an issue of mismanagement of our finances. It’s a matter of crimes and fraud against us. We have been fighting this wrong for over five years (before I was a candidate). Bad things happen to a lot of people, even people running for public office.”