Montana Office of the Public Defender lawyer sued for fraud, invalid liens
An attorney for the Office of the Public Defender is being sued for filing invalid construction liens against a house after trying to force its foreclosure in a separate proceeding, according to a complaint filed this month in Missoula County District Court.
The complaint alleges Scotti Ramberg set up a couple of limited liability companies and used one of them to illegally record construction liens worth $109,000 against a vacant home — either knowingly or “with reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit said.
“Ms. Ramberg recorded the liens against the property with the knowledge and intent that the action would result in harm to the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit said. “Alternatively, (Ramberg) either recognized or should have recognized that the recording of the liens without legal justification would result in harm to the plaintiffs.”
Ramberg declined to answer questions in a brief phone call Tuesday. She said she had only received the complaint Monday afternoon and had not fully reviewed it.
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Reed Mandelko, managing attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Missoula, declined to comment in a brief phone call Wednesday. The state’s employee data website listed Ramberg