Lake Bluff house-church tax case to g...

Lake Bluff house-church tax case to get state's attorney's help

There are 18 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 23, 2008, titled Lake Bluff house-church tax case to get state's attorney's help. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Financial investigators with the Lake County state's attorney's office plan to assist the village of Lake Bluff in its appeal of a property-tax exemption the state granted last month to a resident who contends ...

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Sahin Karakaya

United States

#1 Jul 24, 2008
This is a sham and what is worse he is using the good name of Armenians and Armenian Church to his con job. His so called church is not sanctioned by Armenians and Armenian Church. He is lying thru his teeth and he should be jailed.
Just the average Joe

Belvidere, IL

#2 Jul 24, 2008
Lake Bluff is using the tax system to con this guy out of 80K a year. The property system is a sham, and no one should have a property tax bill that large.

Skokie, IL

#3 Jul 24, 2008
"After the Revenue Department's June 24 ruling to grant the exemption, village officials used the same affidavits that Michael had presented to the state to fine him $115,000 for allegedly operating a church without the required zoning permits."

Priceless! Absolutely Priceless!
Karma has a way of coming back quickly...
Concerned Citizen

Skokie, IL

#4 Jul 24, 2008
I have searched high and low to find any validity to the disparaging claims against this man. All I have found is a middle aged woman alleging sexual harrasment against a corporate millionaire. Sadly this happens too often in our country. Unfortunately I am certain that the settlement she received did not go for the therapy she needed but to pay her bills and probably the purchase of a new automobile. If people really believe that justice is served through our judicial system, there would be no need for DNA, while we try to forget the trials that brought justice to the Goldman and Brown families - and O.J. Simpson remains a free man because we relied on a glove that didn't fit. It also concerns me that the Chicago Tribune appears to have taken such an interest in this and I feel that people should remember the movie Passions of the Christ, as whomever is behind coercing them to make a front page issue out of this situation, while more importantly everyday our troops are dying fighting a war we do not belong in, they must be of Roman descent.

Skokie, IL

#5 Jul 24, 2008
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff are famous for being bullies. I would like to see them pull this with Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton!

Skokie, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2008
This is not a simple case of Church vs. State - this is a case of jealousy vs. hate.
Big Dave

Skokie, IL

#7 Jul 24, 2008
I concur with "Ruby". My son is serving in Afghanistan and the only article they will probably print about him is his obituary.
Uncle Sam

Skokie, IL

#8 Jul 24, 2008
If he was a white Anglo Saxon Protestant he would probably be given a parade. They just can't stand anyone who does not think the same as they do - my hat is off to you my Armenian brother - these bureaucrats have been stealing from this country since the Mayflower.
Justice 4 All

Skokie, IL

#9 Jul 24, 2008
Prosecution WOW! I think the Prosecutor, who by the way has the same last name as Ryan Waller (a Lake Bluff Village official - any relation?) should direct his attention to the assessor.$80,000 Come on People!!!

Washington Court House, OH

#10 Jul 26, 2008
This article is not about taxes or religious freedom. This story is about the Michael Brothers and the fact they never met a rule they didn't bend or break. Read up then judge:

George Michael March 7, 2006
The real estate broker was reprimanded and a $1,000.00 was assessed for aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of real estate by a sponsored licensee.

George Michael -- 04/17/01 -- The Real Estate Broker license was reprimanded and a $1,100 dollar fine was assessed for managing a real estate salesperson whose license had expired.

George Michael -- 06/18/01 -- The Real Estate Broker license was placed on probation for 15 months, assessed a $3,000 fine and required to complete continuing education for acting as managing broker of Micheal Realty & Associates, failing to timely return the security deposit and failing to maintain its escrow accounts in conformance with the Act and Rules.

George S. Michael - 08/26/98 - Real Estate Broker license of George S. Michael was placed on probation for one year and a $7,500.00 fine was assessed for Mr. Michael's failure to return $21,000.00 earnest money to the prospective buyers.

post on Aug.4, 2007 by "Worried"...can't find the original article

And if the above articles didn't sicken you...go search the hundreds of lawsuits they have been a party to in the Cook County Court system.

please feel free to add to this list at will...

Any Skokie residents (AKA George Michael's relatives) have articles related to any incredibly charitable acts of the Michaels to post? Any good deeds at all for that matter?
Concerned in LB

Lake Bluff, IL

#11 Jul 26, 2008
Michael is a con artist. he shouldn't kive in the property if he can't aqfford the taxes or the $3M he did in renovations. Past minutes of the LB Zoning Board of Appeals show he knowingly built an addition to a garage that he knew was not w/i code and was told he would need a permit for. he withdrew the permit request, buiilt the garage and was fined then as well. if a rule exists he'll find a way to break it. Anyway, what internet pastor do you know of that has an Armenian Church. The guy is a loser. The sad fact is, he uses his wife and daughter's medical conditions as an excuse for his corrupt activity. Those poor people are the real losers in all of this. What wil become of them when he finalyy pushes the scale too far and ends up in jail. does he ever think of them in that way?
no pity

Lake In The Hills, IL

#12 Jul 28, 2008
To the folks on this guy's side due to the $80,000 tax bill: his home is 22,000 square feet for a relatively new home. That's $3.63 per square foot. Are you a homeowner? I pay $3.50 per square foot taxes for my 60 year old, 1,700 square foot ranch in the northwest suburbs. He IS NOT being ripped off - he owns a MANSION. If he can afford a $3million home, let him pay for it.


#13 Jul 29, 2008
According to the Lake County tax rolls, this house sold for $3,000,000 in 2003. This was before he put his addition on.
The current fair market value by the county is $4,662,300.00. Check it out for yourself.
Go get him Lake Bluff and Lake County!

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 5, 2008
Nice to see other papers picking this story up as well...
this cat is a playa

Niles, IL

#15 Aug 14, 2008
pimp ,walking fast, talking faster, but hes a player, never worked a honest day in his life.
my main man

Des Plaines, IL

#16 Sep 15, 2008
he work hard to get there . maybe he is telling the truth. lord have mercy,do you walk in his shoes?

United States

#17 Jan 15, 2009
If George Micheal gets away with the numerous scams he's pulled, I'd like to know the names of every political employee, court official, investigator,....
that was even remotely involved.
george michael

Niles, IL

#18 Apr 8, 2011

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