Thursday, August 11 2022

ANDERSON — The Indiana Real Estate Commission has denied a request by former local agent Roger Shoot to renew his license.

The decision to deny Shoot’s request was made on January 19 following an administrative hearing in November.

Shoot’s license was suspended indefinitely in 2017 after he was found guilty of three counts of theft and one count of forgery.

The 2017 order said Shoot could not seek reinstatement of his real estate license for 53 months.

Shoot requested a reinstatement hearing last October and presented his reinstatement case and was cross-examined, which included questions about his criminal convictions.

“The defendant has failed to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that he is capable of practicing with reasonable skill, safety and proficiency for the public,” the decision states.

Shoot will have the opportunity to apply again in the future.

Shoot pleaded guilty in April 2016 to three Class D felony counts of theft and one Class C felony count of forgery in a plea agreement approved by the Madison Circuit Court Judge Thomas Newman Jr.

Newman sentenced Shoot to 8½ years probation for real estate practices that prosecutors say were intentionally designed to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. Additionally, he was ordered to pay court costs and restitution of nearly $36,000.

Following the conviction, the Indiana Real Estate Commission, through an agreement, suspended his realtor license for four years and five months.

The commission suspended Shoot’s real estate license in July 2014, after the Madison County District Attorney’s Office charged him with 17 counts of theft, 13 counts of forgery, and one count of perjury and corrupt business influence.

Shoot’s legal troubles began when the attorney general’s office filed a civil suit against him for an alleged rent-to-own program in which he failed to pay insurance premiums and property taxes.

Court documents filed by the state alleged that Shoot, through his company, PR Properties LLC, sold four Anderson homes to consumers under rent-to-own agreements. He allegedly collected and then pocketed more than $9,200 from at least five buyers who were expected to pay insurance premiums and property taxes.

According to the lawsuit, Shoot used the money for personal expenses at pharmacies, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations, when it should have been held in special trust funds and used to pay taxes and insurance.

In four specifically cited real estate transactions, Shoot was the notarized owner of the properties, but failed to register his title to “disguise and misrepresent the true notarized owner of the properties,” according to the complaint.

​Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 765-640-4863.

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