Poorman, Rosemeier back in court

LOCK HAVEN — An interim agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between Stephen P. Poorman and Lorrieann P. Rosemeier, but there is more to come.

Mrs. Rosemeier, the estranged wife of Robert J. Rosemeier, filed suit on March 9 of this year against Poorman and his business Stephen P. Poorman and Co. Inc. She alleges that Poorman, who is her husband’s financial power of attorney, is mismanaging her husband’s money for his own benefit and that Poorman has failed to give her any accounting of what he is doing.

This is not the first time Poorman and Mrs. Rosemeier have fought each other through legal filings.

Poorman stepped into the Rosemeiers’ lives in 2014.

Poorman has alleged that Mrs. Rosemeier barred her husband from their home in North Carolina, and he returned to Lock Haven in 2014 with nothing but the clothes on his back.

Mr. Rosemeier, once a well-known local businessman, is reportedly suffering from dementia.

The Rosemeiers owned three parcels on the corner of Bellefonte Avenue and Commerce Street which were crucial to a developer’s plan to build a CVS drug store there. Poorman obtained financial power of attorney over Mr. Rosemeier on Nov. 12, 2014 and almost immediately tried to get more money for the three parcels, even though an agreement of sale had already been signed.

Mrs. Rosemeier alleges that he was trying to buy the properties for himself.

He lost the battle over the sale price in court and Mr. Rosemeier’s funds had to be used to pay the other side’s attorney fees. The parcels were sold, and the CVS store was built about a year and a half ago.

Meanwhile, Poorman obtained health care power of attorney over Mr. Rosemeier, on Dec. 9, 2015.

Poorman and Mrs. Rosemeier went to court in 2016 over the Collision Center, a local auto repair business that Mr. Rosemeier is president and primary owner of. His wife tried to quash Poorman’s financial power of attorney, alleging mismanagement. She later withdrew this civil suit, but evidently she is not finished with Poorman yet.

In this year’s civil suit, when she again asks that the power of attorney be revoked, her allegations include more than money mismanagement.

She also alleges that Poorman interfered with her marriage contract by filing for divorce on her husband’s behalf.

Poorman has both financial and health care powers of attorney for Mr. Rosemeier, but the court ruled that he did not have the power to file for divorce as he did.

Poorman’s actions reportedly included sending Mrs. Rosemeier a second petition for divorce, even though he never filed it with the courts.

She alleges all of this caused her enough emotional distress that she deserves some compensation. Judge Michael F. Salisbury dismissed this claim.

The court papers also stated that Mr. Rosemeier is now in Susque-View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he shares a room with someone else, has little clothing, and has one pair of shoes which are worn and a number of years old. The facility has him confined to the second floor and he wears an ankle bracelet, apparently because he is a dementia patient and needs to be safeguarded from wandering.

Poorman evidently told Susque-View that Mrs. Rosemeier was Robert’s ex-wife and she should be barred from seeing him. She states that she visited her husband at the facility and the staff asked her to leave.

As for the finances, she alleges that Poorman is using his power of attorney for his own benefit, and for Mr. and Mrs. Rosemeier’s detriment, that he caused significant sums to be withdrawn from their joint funds, and that he is mingling Mr. Rosemeier’s money with his own.

Poorman continues to manage the Collision Center (Collision Industries Inc.) without Mrs. Rosemeier’s consent, she alleges. She is not an owner, but the business allegedly is a joint asset.

According to the filing, Poorman’s company has given the Collision Center a mortgage at 12 percent interest, leased or is leasing vehicle repair equipment to the business, and also gave an auto loan to Mr. Rosemeier (who does not drive). All of this amounts to more than $150,000, according to the suit.

This does not include the management fees and other costs Poorman’s company has charged Mr. Rosemeier which have exceeded $321,000 since December 2014, the suit alleges.

According to the suit, on May 31, 2016, Poorman signed a document on Mr. Rosemeier’s behalf stating that Poorman is entitled to 5% of the sale price and assets of Collision Industries Inc. and if it sells for more than the established value of $1.243 million, he is entitled to an additional 3% as a finder’s fee.

Poorman has said the Collision Center is growing as a business and doing better than before he stepped in, and that he was able to get cash flowing to Mr. Rosemeier shortly after he came to him for help.

Also in 2016, Poorman placed Mr. Rosemeier in a ManorCare Health Services facility without verification from the man’s attending physician, according to the suit. Mrs. Rosemeier states she went there and, in consultation with medical professionals, she and her husband agreed he would return home with her and be cared for by family. They left and Poorman filed a missing persons report. Mrs. Rosemeier stated she feared she would be charged with kidnapping so returned her husband to the facility.

Poorman counters that she was trying to have Mr. Rosemeier sign legal papers, to his detriment, even though he did not have the mental capacity to do so.

Mrs. Rosemeier also alleges that Poorman is leasing out two residents the Rosemeiers own, and he has not given Mrs. Rosemeier money or any accounting of these deals. The properties are at 401 Mackey Ave., Lock Haven, and 179 Quail Lane, Tioga, Pa.

Judge Salisbury ruled that one spouse may lease property so long as the proceeds benefit both spouses. Apparently Mrs. Rosemeier has not seen any money from these leases.

All of this legal business has cost Mrs. Rosemeier money, she states, and she requests compensation for these expenses.

Poorman also has filed a disciplinary complaint against Mrs. Rosemeier’s previous attorney, David Gaines of the Centre County firm Miller, Kistler and Campbell. This has not been ruled on yet.

On Friday, Poorman and Mrs. Rosemeier appeared in Clinton County Court with their attorneys. Another lawyer from Miller, Kistler and Campbell represented Mrs. Rosemeier.

The two parties told Judge Salisbury, under oath, that they accept the interim agreement.

Under it, Poorman will not try to stop Mrs. Rosemeier from visiting her husband at Susque-View and will inform the facility that she may visit. He will also stop referring to her as Mr. Rosemeier’s ex-wife.

Mrs. Rosemeier agreed not to have her husband sign any legal papers since his mental capacity is at issue.

She has also asked the court to appoint someone to look out for her husband’s legal interests in this matter, and the judge has agreed to do so when it becomes necessary.

It is not clear from the conflicting pictures painted by both sides who, other than the judge, has Mr. Rosemeier’s best interests at heart.

All the other complaints Mrs. Rosemeier has made will be taken up at a future hearing, with no date scheduled yet.