Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Bashir Moghul is a Superior Slumlord
Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, photo by John Hoff.
In a recent post listing Bashir Moghul's known tax delinquencies in Minneapolis, a JNS reader commented that Moghul also owned properties in the Duluth MN/Superior WI area. So I went to the Douglas County, Wisconsin website and did a little bit of research on this very topic.
Slumlord issues aside, I am immediately jealous of Superior and Douglas County. The county website allows users to search property ownership - are you ready for this? - BY THE NAME OF THE PROPERTY OWNER! This is something the Hawthorne Neighborhood and the JNS blog have been calling out as a needed tool in Minneapolis for a LONG time (beginning on this blog in a post about "The devil" retreating to a house only a few blocks away, but we did not KNOW this for several months). On a personal note, I grew up in Michigan, now (obviously) live in Minnesota, and cheer for the Chicago Bears when I watch football. Do you have ANY IDEA how much it bothers me that Wisconsin is ahead of us on ANYTHING?!
Also, you can click on prior years of taxes to see the full amount owed, without having to go to the Superior, WI government center. Minneapolis and Hennepin, we're behind the curve here. I cannot stress this enough, folks: WE ARE LOSING TO WISCONSIN!
Here's what the Superior website tells us about Bashir Moghul (among others)...
...by "among others," I am also including several other people with the last name Moghul: Fasil, Nazir, and Shaista. These three Moghuls have shown up on property ownership lists as either co-owners with Bashir or show up as owners of properties that other NoMi residents have told me are Bashir Moghul properties.
My one criticism of the website is that it does not create live links once criteria has been searched for and found. But if you were to go here and search yourself, this is what you'd find (at least today).
Bashir owns 428 Winter St, Superior WI, and owes taxes on it since 2006. The back taxes there total $8,235.65. The mailing address listed here is 1437 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley MN. Bashir and Lucille Moghul are listed as the taxpayers for this property.
And he hasn't paid his 2009 taxes there either. That's $3,158.88.
The address used as a contact address for most of Bashir's properties in Minneapolis is 648 Iona Ln, Roseville MN. Ramsey County's website is experiencing difficulties at the time of this post and does not display tax payment information. However, the website does list the taxpayers as Manzoor and Mahroof Moghul.
The Douglas county website also apparently does not provide street addresses to vacant property, which is another problem (although if the property is rural enough and undeveloped, it's quite possible that a street address does not yet exist). Moghul tends to buy up vacant lots and then not pay taxes on them for a very long time, often losing them to tax forfeiture. The irony here is that taxes on a vacant lot cost only a few hundred dollars a year. It really shouldn't be that hard to keep up with that.
In lieu of street addresses, I will provide parcel numbers for the Douglas County properties owned by Moghul that have back taxes on them.
07-807-00805-00 owes taxes for four years at $1,197.19
OA-022-00207-00 owes taxes for four years at $6,289.82
01-801-01273-00 owes taxes for four years at $1,909.96
01-801-01277-00 owes taxes for four years at $1,371.20
01-801-01001-00 owes taxes for four years at $2,424.78
And that does it for the Douglas County, WI properties currently owned by Bashir Moghul that are not currently current on taxes. We're now up to a total of $147,448.99 in back taxes confirmed as owed by Bashir Moghul. JNS readers are encouraged to share more information as we strive to document the full extent of Moghul's disregard for property tax payments.
So far, properties provided to me in Minneapolis that bear the Moghul name have only been delinquent when Bashir is listed as an owner or taxpayer. That's not the case in Douglas County, WI. Fasil Moghul is behind on property taxes on several lots as well. It is my contention that Fasil is somehow related in both familial and business relations to Bashir Moghul. That belief is at least somewhat upheld by the mailing address listed on the Douglas County website for Fasil: 648 Iona Ln, Roseville MN.
05-805-02594-01 owes taxes for two years at $447.37
09-809-03483-00 owes taxes for two years at $649.11 (Nazir Moghul is listed as a previous owner of this property)
01-801-01879-00 owes taxes for two years at $636.88
05-805-01270-00 owes taxes for two years at $732.46
Owing only $2,465.82 over two years in Douglas County, it's clear Fasil has some catching up to do before reaching the depths of tax delinquency that Bashir has. Looking at the previous owners listed on many of the properties that come up under the "Moghul" search term, there are a series of incestuous real estate transactions that have taken place between Bashir, Fasil, Nazir, and Shaista Moghul. According to the notice posted at 2030 Willow Ave N, Bashir has until April 7, 2010 to become current on property taxes or make other payment plans. Otherwise he will lose at least one rental license, and hopefully two or more.
This blog urges city officials to NOT accept a payment arrangement from Bashir Moghul. If he retains any rental licenses in the city of Minneapolis, he should be forced to disclose ALL properties in which he has an ownership interest and prove that taxes on all properties have been paid up through the end of 2009. Furthermore, he should not be allowed to simply transfer ownership or otherwise have another family member assume control of these rental properties unless the same terms are met: full disclosure of all properties owned in this country, and proof that taxes are paid through 2009 on all of them. Anything less will merely be the equivalent of playing shuffleboard on the Titanic. It might look like somebody's winning but eventually it will all end up underwater.
Since these properties are in Superior, let's change the ship in the previous analogy to the Edmund Fitzgerald.