Did title insurance company Central Land Agency (CLA) in Utica, Michigan, handle your real estate purchase or closing? If so, you may have paid them more than you actually owed.
In at least two instances we believe that CLA overcharged people for the property tax line item on their closing statements. When we compared the amount collected by CLA to the actual property tax records, we found discrepancies in both instances. Is CLA pocketing the difference?
This could be a simple mistake, but it also could be a scam. The only way to know for sure is for those who have used CLA to check their closing statements against the actual tax bills available from the taxing authority. If the amount you paid CLA is higher than what was actually owed, you may have been cheated by the company.
The Consumer Protection Group at Sommers Schwartz is investigating the issue and would like to interview anyone who believes they may have been overcharged.