Augusta mayoral candidate Blocker-Adams says she wasn't hiding debts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:44 PM
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Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams blamed a lack of correspondence from three creditors for about $70,000 in unpaid debts, she told The Augusta Chronicle on Tuesday.

Helen Blocker-Adams says a lack of correspondence regarding some $70,000 in debt from three creditors since 2005 or 2006 led her to believe the obligations were satisfied.  FILE/STAFF
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Helen Blocker-Adams says a lack of correspondence regarding some $70,000 in debt from three creditors since 2005 or 2006 led her to believe the obligations were satisfied.

Blocker-Adams attributed the debts, associated with a foreclosure on her former North Augusta home, a repossessed car and a bank loan she took out with her ex-husband, who recently died, to a darker period of her life in the mid-1990s. She said she had a miscarriage, got divorced and was saddled with a “balloon” mortgage that tripled her payment within three years.

“Real hardship and challenges happened to me in a very short period of time, and it just sort of spiraled from there,” Blocker-Adams said.

Allen LaFavor, who sold his mother’s home to Blocker-Adams, then foreclosed on her after she failed to make payments, told a different story. LaFavor said he hoped Blocker-Adams had won election the first time she ran for mayor, in 2005, so he could have garnished her wages.

“She’d pay next month; that was always the story,” LaFavor said. “She never did dispute the fact that she owed it; she just didn’t pay it.”

The court determined that after the foreclosure, Blocker-Adams owed LaFavor and his two siblings about $13,000, of which she has paid less than $1,000, he said. Liens don’t work because Blocker-Adams owns no property and reports insufficient income to attach a lien or garnishment to, he said.

Blocker-Adams, who campaigns on a pro-business platform, said she had contacted two of the three creditors Monday after learning that three Aiken County court judgments from 1997, 2001 and 2002 seeking the money had been distributed to the news media.

“After making payments between 1997 and 2005, it was my understanding these debts were satisfied,” Blocker-Adams said. “There hasn’t been any communication from these creditors since 2005 or 2006.”

LaFavor said he tried to reach Blocker-Adams last week. Richmond County court records show that a collection agency for Ford Motor Co. attempted to place a lien on her property last September for $11,210 but found nothing to attach it to.

According to Blocker-Adams, two of the creditors told her Monday she had outstanding balances, “but they needed to research it further to see what that amount was …”

“The creditors are having to really dig as they are not or have not been pursuing this as an unpaid debt,” she said.

Blocker-Adams said she’ll pay whatever she owes.

Aiken County court records show little action on the judgments since 2004, although debt collectors don’t always inform the courts whether debtors meet their obligations.

In a 2001 response to Security Federal Bank, Blocker-Adams said she had had “chronic cash flow problems for the past five years” and was unable to meet the bank’s payment plan of $673.83 a month.

Blocker-Adams said she wasn’t trying, as a public speaker, radio host and candidate for elective office in 2005, 2006 and now, to hide from them.

“If there was all of these obligations, I’m here and I’m one of the most visible people in Augusta,” she said. “There’s a lot of people who experience what I experienced on a daily basis, but I’m still standing. … I’ve experienced what 90 percent of people have; mine is just exposed now.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/14 - 02:01 pm
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The Entrepreneur

The dynamic inspirational speaker and entrepreneur Helen Blocker Adams.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/13/14 - 02:09 pm
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Karma is a __________. How

Karma is a __________.

How many past candidates has she BLASTED on her "radio show"?
She also helped Deke win, but Deke didn't support her this time...

Karma is a __________.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 05/13/14 - 02:14 pm
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Check all candidates

Maybe a check is needed on all political candidates. It would be interesting to see what you may find! In the past, a lot of potential candidates, and some who were elected, were delinquent on their taxes, mortgages, etc. Do as I say, not as I do.

csralookout
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csralookout 05/13/14 - 02:20 pm
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Wow

I'm not saying everyone is perfect when it comes to their finances, but if your running for mayor & want to be the leader of the 2nd biggest city in Georgia, I have real concerns when your previous debt goes unpaid. And this, "I didn't know about it" seems hard to believe.

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 05/13/14 - 02:25 pm
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I agree

CSRA I agree! But, this shouldn't just be for mayoral candidates. It should be for those running for any public office. Before you get to control public funds you need to prove you can control your personal ones. These elected officials need to start paying their debts (personal or tax related), managing their rental properties, and adhering to the same rules as the rest of us. Then, maybe we will give them a little trust! And that goes for mayoral candidates, city council members, and any other elected officials working on the tax payer dime!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/14 - 02:27 pm
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If I were Michael Ryan I'd

If I were Michael Ryan I'd get the big green type sweep broom like used in professional janitorial service.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/14 - 02:29 pm
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Ron Cross?

By the way, I'd like to see Columbia County's Ron Cross address his debts that he thinks were resolved by his bankruptcy.

csralookout
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csralookout 05/13/14 - 02:39 pm
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But Why?

And it's not so much the actual debt people care about, it's the decision's you made to get the debt that concern me. Did you not pay your taxes on time? Did you buy a house you couldn't afford? Did you not purchase medical care or insurance & then you had an accident/claim? Decisions, decisions. And now you want to make decisions for roughly half million people. And the Augusta Chronicle usually does a spread in the paper addressing the political candidates financial background. Is that going to happen for the mayors race? For example, I don't want to have an elected mayor that owes back child support running the city. Good job Chronicle getting this out there! Best paper in America!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/13/14 - 02:55 pm
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Alvin Mason's poll numbers

Alvin Mason's poll numbers just went up.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 05/13/14 - 02:58 pm
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Now If You Remember...

I'm comfortable giving Helen a pass, for the moment. What she says is the truth, and can happen to any of us. I would like to know if some of the people that unearthed this information, are some of the same people that got "I can't pay my property taxes", Marion Williams re-elected to the Commission. Marion was in arrears so many times, it was laughable. This after his church got the City to way overpay for their property.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 05/13/14 - 03:44 pm
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Did you all know?

Thomas Jefferson had debts and never paid off even after death......Was he a bad president?
http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Winter10/jefferson.cfm

Pops
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Pops 05/13/14 - 03:57 pm
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Every one of these candidates

for this ceremonial, do nothing, highly paid "office" is only in it for the money......roughly 75,000 a year......money well wasted......pay this office about what it is really worth (around 25,000 a year) and see how many sign up......

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 05/13/14 - 03:59 pm
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Financial Responsibility

Maybe she thought divine intervention took care of this debt. It seems that the majority of office seekers in Augusta are behind on their property taxes or heavy in debt. And they want to manage our tax dollars.

Financial responsibility should be a requirement to run for public office.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/13/14 - 04:02 pm
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Say what!!

Yeh, I admit things too after it comes out in public---riggghhtt!

Don't think 90% could keep this hidden for 10 years..nooo way.

Like I said before....this race is between Hardie & Mason...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/13/14 - 04:04 pm
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Yep---big time!

"Alvin Mason's poll numbers just went up."

bohica
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bohica 05/13/14 - 04:56 pm
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Wow, I must be in the 10%. So

Wow, I must be in the 10%.
So you're saying 90% of the population has had a repo or default.
I don't think so.

SRD
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SRD 05/13/14 - 05:16 pm
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Green Eggs and Ham

I'm shocked! How can this sweet talking, sweet sounding, cumbaya lady not be absolutely perfect? AC you can spin this debt and Helen can spin this debt and or inability to handle money all you like but you are serving up "Green Eggs and Ham" to the voters in RC as far as I am concerned. If HBA can't handle her personal finances she certainly can't handle the finances for a city as large as Augusta. HBA has a whole lot of nerve for ever running! AC while the egg off your pages and admit you made a mistake with this endorsement.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 05/13/14 - 05:56 pm
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Davis & Mason...how?

Davis' record in the GA legislature is pathetic. Mason beats his wife.

What happened to Blocker-Adams and Cross could have happened to any one of us. However, Cross fleeced a church out of $80,000. The media really should report on Columbia County Commissioner Trey Allen who took what amounts to a $100,000+ bribe: he received a $28,500 cash abatement because the building for his store was not ready on time, plus, he allegedly never paid the $4,500/month rent from October 26, 2007 to April 01, 2009. Now, who lets a tenant stay for close to two years without paying rent? Now, who allows a tenant to stay after giving him $28,500 US legal tender? Look it up for yourself - Superior Court of Columbia County, Civil Action File No. 2009CV0940 filed May 28, 2009. Now look at who owns that building and see what else he owns and has a hand in, then, look at Allen's votes on Magnolia Trace, Marshall Square. Ron Cross' little boy-do is knee-deep in the Georgia Bank & Trust/Columbia County Commission scam that came to light last week during the Commission's meeting and has since caught the attention of some fairly high-level agencies.

If The Augusta Chronicle discusses HBA, Trey Allen's history is much more egregious and shady.

my.voice
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my.voice 05/13/14 - 06:12 pm
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What's pathetic is Austin

What's pathetic is Austin Rhodes knew about this and refused to take it on. If this was Chaz Walker and co he'd be all over it. Shame, shame, shame.

And how does anyone think 70 grand in debt is paid?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/13/14 - 06:36 pm
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she was and is aware that those debts went unpaid.
Unpublished

Just more excuses from the entitled blacks.

edcushman
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edcushman 05/13/14 - 06:36 pm
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what is the big deal they are
Unpublished

what is the big deal they are all democrats?

gargoyle
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gargoyle 05/13/14 - 07:05 pm
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Didn't know she owed 70,000?

Blocker-Adams owns no property and reports insufficient income to attach a lien or garnishment . Hiding the money ? That looks like scamming to me. In real world speak you would have to report much less than min. wage to avoid a garnishment. In the real world people who go through tuff times admit and pay debits. In this household we have had all those things happened in her life happen in our life and the courts didn't have to be called upon. We made the moral and ethical decisions to pay back creditors instead of hiding and hoping they would give up. We don't need any more public officials with baggage we have plenty of those.

mllange
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mllange 05/13/14 - 07:16 pm
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Which public official doesn't

Which public official doesn't have baggage?

mllange
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mllange 05/13/14 - 07:20 pm
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Which candidate doesn't have

Which candidate doesn't have baggage?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 07:30 pm
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I don't give her a free pass.

I don't give her a free pass.

I know exactly how much money I owe, and to whom, and I know when I've paid it and when I haven't.

She was just hoping it would all go away.

Anybody that would vote for someone with such little personal integrity needs to examine their priorities.

If somebody isn't honest and aboveboard in their personal life, they SURE aren't going to be in government!

And if she doesn't have any money or assets, how does she survive? She has positioned herself as a businesswoman and entrepreneur and author; how do you do all that and have nothing?

What gargoyle said is so true; many of us have had serious problems in life, but we didn't leave people in the lurch.

No, 90% of people don't default on their debts, that's trying to justify it as "everybody does it" and no, they don't.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/14/14 - 10:04 am
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Oh, yeah...

...I forgot about the elephant in my living room!
Yesterday I actually supported her! This is pathetic, especially playing the miscarriage card. No sympathy from me, and how is she going to write a $70,000 check when she has no assets and low income to clear all her debts? Only a Democrat could believe wishful thinking like this!!
Well it will pick up a couple of votes for her -- all her creditors who would have a paycheck to garnish if she becomes mayor will surely vote for her!

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 08:42 pm
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Her creditors are doing the

Her creditors are doing the happy dance, and they are now calculating just how much she owes them with late fees, non payment fees, and interest.

And they are going to make sure of the amount, and then lower the boom!

story1
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story1 05/13/14 - 08:42 pm
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Vote

Vote Mr. Mayson for Mayor and No to Splost and watch Augusta Richmond County start to change for the better.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/13/14 - 08:45 pm
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The LaFavors get 10.5%

The LaFavors get 10.5% interest per annum, oh YEAH, they are doing the happy dance!

MTBer
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MTBer 05/13/14 - 09:12 pm
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AR gave it a pass

He wanted to equate this "oversight" to his Comcast bill that showed in his mailbox for $84. Really? Really?

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