Trust ‘preying’on home owners

A controversial trust accused of “predatory behaviour” by a mortgage insolvency expert has reignited its appeal for funds on Facebook.

The Rodolphus Allen Private Trust is asking indebted people to pay a cash fee to protect their homes from repossession orders.

Charlie Allen — leader of the trust — is now asking those in difficulties with banks to ‘donate’ €500 to the mysterious trust.

In a post on the Rodolphus Allen Facebook page Mr Allen claims the trust has won many cases but due to confidentiality clauses the group “cannot speak about them or give any case numbers”.

He also claims to have provided “top affidavits” to those who attended an alleged meeting in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford recently.

The post goes onto say that Mr Allen has spent nearly €160,000 on legal fees and that he now wishes to form a limited company to fight repossession cases in court.

Mr Allen has been accused of targeting vulnerable people. He was arrested in 2013 for being in contempt of court orders not to trespass or interfere with a stud farm in Co Kildare as he was part of a group that forced receiver’s agents off the lands and illegally occupied the stud farm.

He was arrested in Cork after attempting to claim a property in Cork using trust documents which were dismissed as ‘nonsense’ by two High Court judges.

Supporters of trust’s like Mr Allen’s advocate the “Freemen on the Land” ideology, which says the “legal person and living person are two distinct entities”.

Freemen believe that the living person does not have to abide by law or court decisions unless he or she agrees to.

Yet applications to recognise the “freeman of the land” on state registers have all been rejected by the Property Registration Authority.

David Hall, director of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation said: “I’ve been raising awareness of this issue for some time now.

“It’s predatory behaviour on vulnerable debtors” and added that trusts like the Rodolphus Allen Private Trust are to be “avoided at all costs”.

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