Advance Indiana reported a week ago that the Republican-slated candidate for the Indianapolis City-County Council in District 3, Tim Craft, practiced as a commercial real estate broker at CBRE from July 1, 2014 of last year until April 7 of this year, a little more than nine months, before he obtained a license as required by state law. Craft didn't bother to get a license until after Advance Indiana publicly called him out on it. A Call 6 investigation by WRTV's Kara Kenney confirms Advance Indiana's reporting:
A slated candidate for Indianapolis City-County Council is accused of claiming to be a licensed real estate broker when he was not licensed, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.
City-County Councilor Christine Scales, R, filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s office Wednesday against her primary election opponent and slated candidate Tim Craft . . .
The Call 6 Investigators checked into Scales’ claims about Tim Craft’s license.
Records from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency show Craft’s Real Estate Sales Person license expired on June 30, 2014.
The Professional Licensing Agency changed from a three-tiered system to just one broker license, and the agency notified license holders, companies and the industry about the transition, said Professional Licensing Agency spokesman Nick Goodwin.
“The agency did a lot of educational outreach to notify the industry,” said Goodwin. “In fact, we worked with the industry for a year and a half to let them know this was coming.”
Goodwin said PLA did not receive a license application from Tim Craft until Tuesday of this week, April 7.
That same day, the PLA approved his application and his Real Estate Broker license was issued.As Advance Indiana earlier reported, Kenney confirms that Craft was first confronted about practicing as a broker without a license when he was interviewed by the Metropolitan Board of Realtor's ("MIBOR") candidate's committee. MIBOR's Lex Fay tells Kenney the organization raised concerns with Craft after he falsely represented himself as a licensed broker.
“He indicated he was a licensed broker in the state of Indiana and we wanted to do some checking to see if he was a MIBOR member or a member of the Commercial Board of Realtors,” said Lex Fay, political affairs liaison for MIBOR. “Through that process we found that in fact, it was not the case. We brought that matter to Tim's attention."Craft's response to Kenney's findings was to attack incumbent Councilor Christine Scales and to continue lying about his own deception.
“This attack by my primary election opponent is intentionally misleading and blatantly motivated by politics. I am a licensed real estate broker in the State of Indiana. Prior to becoming a broker, I was a licensed Real Estate Sales Person in the State of Indiana. I completed the 24 hour Broker Transition Course and Exam required to become a Broker in early 2014. My opponent’s attack refers to a clerical issue in which the paperwork for my broker’s license was not properly processed. Immediately upon learning about this error, I proactively re-completed the coursework, testing, and application paperwork and was immediately confirmed as a Real Estate Broker for the State of Indiana. My opponent’s claim that this is anything more than a resolved clerical error is simply incorrect.”Marion Co. GOP Chairman Kyle Walker stooped even lower by launching into personal attacks against Scales' character.
This is clearly a desperate attack by a politician who knows she is likely to lose. Shenanigans like this, along with a general lack of trustworthiness, are why Scales was voted out of the Republican City-County Council caucus in the first place.Criticism like this from a party leader who uses his position to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his and his wife's bank accounts should be worn like a badge of honor. What does it say about a caucus that would not kick Lincoln Plowman out of the caucus after he was indicted by federal prosecutors for taking a bribe from an undercover FBI agent but boots Scales from the caucus because she puts the interests of her constituents and public integrity above corrupt, insider politics as usual?
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