Is Heritage Title Company Operating Illegally?
A letter was sent today to the Secretary of States office regarding the Heritage Title Company and their illegal standing:
- SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER’s OFFICE
STATE OF MISSOURI
BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION
P.O. BOX 778
JEFFERSON CITY, MO
RE: HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY, 2008 NORTHWOOD DR, POPLAR BLUFF, MO
To whom it may concern,
The HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY, which operates out of 2008 Northwood Dr in Poplar Bluff Missouri, is operating without a corporate or limited liability license in the state of Missouri, nor without the proper registration as a fictitious name.
According to your online records, the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY was notified on December 11, 2012 that their fictitious name had expired and they could no longer operate under that name in the state of Missouri. However, for the past 14 months, the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY has continued to do business with the CITY OF POPLAR BLUFF on a routine basis. It is my understanding that multiple millions of dollars flow through Heritage’s coffers for a number of projects which include the Poplar Bluff Regional Transportation Development District, the City of Poplar Bluff and quite possibly Butler County and the Missouri Highway commission.
The Sec of State’s website (http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/fictitious_faq.asp), states:
What are the penalties for not registering?
Failure to register your fictitious name is a misdemeanor under Missouri law and persons failing to register are subject to charges by their local prosecuting attorney.
Since the City Prosecuting Attorney (Wade Pierce) and the City Attorney (Wallace Duncan) are reportedly owners of the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY, there is little chance that justice will be served and, most likely, their illegal activity will be swept under the rug.
At the very least I hope that the SOS’s office will require the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY to perform their proper civic duty and register their fictitious name with your office. As a way for me to follow up on this, please forward electronic copies to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any correspondence you have with the HERITAGE TITLE COMPANY regarding this issue and the use of that name.
Nice to know Wade and Wallace read my blog. As expected, after we reported our story they registered the name. But the record still shows that from 12/11/2012 until 1/17/2014 they operated illegally, which is a misdemeanor in the state of Missouri: