Lewiston-Auburn businessmen exchange bitter lawsuits

May 31st, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

After more than 30 years in business together, founding Auburn companies including Electricity Maine and Provider Financial, buying the Bates of Maine textile mill and funding a section of the Auburn Public Library, Emile Clavet and Kevin Dean have apparently decided the gloves are off.

The high-stakes fight between the two former Auburn residents includes charges of lies and distortions, allegations of drug trafficking and claims totaling millions of dollars.

In court papers, Clavet said Dean “cheated” him out of more than $2.7 million.

Dean counterclaimed that Clavet owed him $1.2 million.

From Clavet’s lawyer: “Mr. Dean’s need for cash to fund his marijuana activities appears to have become the motive for him to cheat Mr. Clavet,” according to court records.

And from Dean’s lawyer: “Mr. Clavet has been unjustly enriched by diverting business opportunities … ,” according to court records.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy, presiding over the Business and Consumer Court in Portland, granted Clavet’s request to attach up to $2.9 million of Dean’s assets.

The bitter fallout stems from a Texas marina the pair bought together for $2.5 million and an alleged scheme by Dean that allowed him to become the property’s sole owner before selling it for a big profit, according to a Bangor Daily News report detailing 100-plus pages of court and property records.

In her ruling Wednesday obtained by the Sun Journal, Murphy wrote, “The court reads Mr. Clavet’s affidavit as telling the story of how his business partner of over three decades lied to him (at worst) and withheld

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