Exclusive: Candidate for Secretary of State Accused of Fraud and More

Omaha, NE.—News Channel Nebraska has learned that the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State is accused of cheating an Omaha family out of thousands of dollars and putting their lives in danger.

According to sealed court documents examined exclusively by NCN, while selling his mid-town Omaha home Spencer Danner, among other things, lied about the home’s “unsafe”heating system that would eventually leak “deadly” levels of carbon monoxide.

(For Further Details See Joe Jordan Reports Video Above)

Jason and Jeanne Smith are suing Danner for more than 25 thousand dollars, most of that money to reimburse the Smith’s for a new boiler system at their Bemis Park home.

The family is not commenting about the lawsuit and neither is Danner, but Danner’s lawyer issued this statement to News Channel Nebraska:

“A private dispute has arisen from the sale of a residential home that Mr. Danner previously owned. The dispute primarily  involves an allegation that a disclosure regarding a boiler in the home was not adequate. Mr. Danner strongly disputes and rejects all allegations against him relating to this dispute. Mr. Danner expects that this dispute will be informally resolved or resolved in a private arbitration. Mr. Danner respectfully does not intend to provide further comment regarding the foregoing dispute at this time on the advice of counsel, whose standing policy is not to provide substantive comment regarding ongoing disputes and differences, such as this one.”—John VMatson, Attorney

If you’re wondering why the Smith family didn’t do their own inspection before finalizing the deal with Danner, well according to their lawsuit, they did and found problems,
including that bad heating system. The Smith’s say Danner said he’d get it fixed and submitted records that he did. But months later when the Smith’s turned the heat on for the first time since they’d bought the house, it wasn’t working.

As for the house, according to county records Danner bought it in December, 2016 for $275,000 and sold it six months later for $365,000, making a tidy $90,000 profit.

Far more than the $25,000 the new owners say Danner owes them for “fraudulent misrepresentations.”

As for those now sealed court records, Danner’s lawyer has no comment.

Several courthouse sources tell News Channel Nebraska cases are often sealed to avoid embarrassing details from going public, the kind of details that would arguably hurt Danner’s run for Secretary of State.

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