December 19, 2004 ©Homer Kizer
An Open Letter Concerning Norman Scott Edwards
An Accusation of Deceit
To the Body of Christ:
On September 9, 2004, the Philadelphia Church — Port Austin determined that Norman Scott Edwards was a person who should be biblically shunned. On October 31, 2004, the Port Austin Sabbatarian Church Community and the Port Austin Sabbatarian Community Church (PASCC) committed Norman Scott Edwards and his wife Marlene to Satan, according to the procedure the Apostle Paul establish in 1 Cor 5:1–13. The offenses Edwards committed were known to the Sabbath-keeping fellowships at Port Austin, and known to the greater community. Out of love for Edwards, these offenses need not be revealed in their entirety to the Body of Christ. But the shunning of Edwards has become a subject of Internet discussion, so the details of an accusation of deceit will be hereby revealed. This accusation is only one of many.
On July 29, 2004, I purchased from Norman Scott Edwards a home with the physical address of 8220 Anchor Dr, Port Austin, Michigan, and the legal description of Pleasant View Condominiums Unit Number 3. To establish this purchase through a land contract, I gave to Edwards five hundred dollars ($500.) in down payment monies, for which Edwards gave a handwritten receipt and the summary causes of the sale [Receipt]. But the house was not Edwards' to sell. Edwards had no legal authority to convey the ownership of the house to me, nor did Edwards have any ownership in the house himself. The home (a detached condo unit) was and remains owned by Art Hawkins, [mortgage page] who is in Federal prison. His wife and co-owner, Cynthia Hawkins, holds Art Hawkins power–of-attorney, and at her direction, attorneys for Art Hawkins have filed a motion to evict [motion], thereby forcing my wife and I to vacate the residence I purchased from Norman Scott Edwards.
Again, in May 2004 I contacted Edwards about teaching English for the SEE program, as he publicly represented the program. This initial contact was followed by telephone conversations and another e-mail correspondence in which Edwards suggests that housing would be available. [e-mail] Because I had an established ministry, Edwards suggested that I live off campus so there would be separation between the work I was doing and the ministry of PASCC. This was agreeable to me. As a result, I purchased from him personally the residence at 8220 Anchor Dr. I did not purchase the house from PASCC although the trustees discussed my purchase of the residence and were aware of the terms of the sale. The other three trustees (Terry Williams, Paul Drieman, and Phil Frankford) did not know, however, that Edwards was not a person who had any ownership in the detached condo unit. They also did not know that the residence had been forfeited to Huron County on March 2, 2004, for delinquent taxes [To Pay These Taxes notice and Certificate of Forefeiture]. Edwards was aware of this tax problem as indicated in the receipt for down payment monies [receipt]. Thus, Edwards sold to me a piece of real estate that was not his to sell. Edwards sold a forfeited piece of real estate that could not be redeemed by anyone other than the owner until 2005. And Edwards now claims a lapse of memory about making this sale [demand letter & his response].
The initial receipt for down payment monies is in Edwards' own hand [receipt]. The terms of the sale were the reassignment of the land contract Edwards supposedly held for the residence, with thirty-three thousand dollars ($33,000) remaining on the principle. I arrived in Port Austin from Bedford, Pennsylvania, on July 29, 2004, and forthwith delivered to Edwards the down payment monies upon which we had agreed in telephone conversations. Edwards was supposed to promptly deliver to me the reassigned contract. But instead of delivering the contract, Edwards delivered excuses for why he could not convey the formal contract. The reason Edwards could not convey was simply he did not then have, and never had a contract for the residence. Edwards sold what belonged to Art Hawkins, a Federal prisoner, and not someone who could immediately protect his interests. Edwards knew that Hawkins was in Federal prison. Plus, Edwards sold what had been forfeited to Huron County for back taxes. And the evidence of Edwards making this sale is in his own hand [receipt].
Art and Cynthia Hawkins have been grievously wronged by Norman Scott Edwards. Instead of visiting a babe in Christ in jail, Edwards took advantage of Art Hawkins' generosity by selling that which belonged to Hawkins. Edwards knew the residence addressed 8220 Anchor Dr. was vacant and would not again be occupied by Hawkins for some period of time. Perhaps Edwards hoped to secure from Hawkins a contract that he could, in turn, reassign to me at some future date. Regardless, Edwards has harmed Hawkins when this babe in Christ was unable to actively protect his interests.
I have been wronged by Norman Scott Edwards. The sale of the residence with three thousand dollars ($12,000) of assumable equity was Edwards' inducement to me for me not to take a teaching position with Potomac State College, Keyser, West Virginia for the 2004-05 academic year. (Art Hawkins purchased the residence in 2000 for $45,000.)
I did not know that Art Hawkins was the owner of the residence addressed 8220 Anchor Dr. until November 2004. Edwards, through a series of excuses and collusion with Warwick Potts, delayed delivering the reassigned land contract he allegedly possessed throughout the month of August and into September, when Edwards' other real estate dealings diverted attention from this residence. A circuit court Motion to Compel Art Hawkins to sell was being readied—to test whether Norman Scott Edwards was an employee or agent of Art Hawkins—when Hawkins' Motion to Evict was received. Hawkins' Motion to Evict made moot any Motion to Compel, and leaves Edwards as a person who without permission sold a piece of real property that he did not own.
Norman Scott Edwards' sale of the residence addressed 8220 Anchor Dr., Port Austin, Michigan, was not an accidental oversight, or a matter of making a business mistake. It was and remains an act of deceit, one of many in which Edwards has engaged since I arrived at Port Austin on July 29th. He will, I am certain, produce some half-baked explanation for why he could not deliver the land contract to me. But the simple truth is that he never possessed a land contract that he could reassign to me. He sold what he did not own. This matter is just that simple. And Edwards will have to answer for what he has done.
January 2, 2005
Approximately a thousand people have now read on-line the above letter concerning Norman Scott Edwards. This is a thousand more than I would have desired when I initially wrote to Dixon Cartwright on October 31, 2004, to say that the SEE program was an educational hoax, but not more than should know that the verbal piety and unrepentant justification of self that Edwards has since displayed is not a facet of the fruit of the Spirit. Real repentance seldom occurs when one gets caught with his (or her) hand in a figurative cookie jar. The person is sorry that he (or she) got caught, and the person will usually put the cookie back in the jar to avoid the wrath of the parent. But the person usually doesn't repent of his (or her) coveting what didn't belong to the person. Such has been the case here at Port Austin where Edwards has written conciliatory letters to the three wronged trustees, letters in which Edwards threatens not to repay Terry Williams the eighty-six thousand dollars ($86,000) that he has already agreed that he owes Williams, letters in which he threatens law suits if anything these wronged trustees say or do interferes with his fundraising. I have even heard it rumored that he has returned the down payment monies I gave him—I have yet to see these monies, and my office is only 120 feet from his. He could have walked these monies across the street anytime since September 5, 2004, when he and Warwick Potts determined that because of my writings, I wasn't someone with whom Edwards could work, that I needed to go.
But I didn't give Edwards earnest moneys, or option moneys. I gave him a down payment. A transaction had been agreed to; a deal was struck. Edwards represented himself as a person able to convey title to the referenced property. He represented in this way not only to me, but to the other three trustees from whom he sought permission for the trust to purchase the property if he would make the payments [see attached e-mail between Edwards and Phil Frankford].
Initially, I was under the impression that the trust owned the property, that Edwards was selling to me trust property. After telephone discussions and negotiations, I went to see the Port Austin operation and to see the house being offered to me. Edwards walked me through the house in a manner typical of how a real estate sales agent would walk someone through a house. However, he represented himself as the owner of the house. Paul Drieman mowed the lawn of the house with the riding lawn mover he used to mow the trust's property. I didn't believe I was dealing with a con-man, but thought I was dealing with a brother in Christ. I wasn't going through a Realtor, so I wasn't as careful as I needed to be. A title search would have quickly revealed that Art Hawkins remained the owner of the residence, but Phil, Paul, and Terry talked about me buying the house in the same language as Norm used. The terms of the sale were openly discussed, as all three will testify. What wasn't shared was that Norm had never purchased the residence. Again, the other three trustees thought that he had. He indicated to them either directly or indirectly that he had. He indicated to me that he had. If I had suspected for a moment that Edwards did not own the property, I would not have extended down payment monies until the formal contract was in hand. But dealing between brothers, with possession of the house given when down payment monies were tendered and accepted, I thought a handshake and a verbal agreement, confirmed by a handwritten receipt (to satisfy my wife — I was actually unhappy with her for insisting upon a receipt to record the exchange of moneys for possession, for Edwards was paid in cash) was enough if everyone involved was of God. I didn't believe that I needed to sign the contract that would be filed as a public document before giving Edwards down payment monies, which, again, are not earnest moneys or option moneys.
After journeying to Port Austin but before being offered the teaching position with Potomac State College for the 2004-05 academic year, I hastily dictated an e-mail message (which was equally hastily typed and posted) to Sam Metz. In this message, I disclosed what I believed the terms of the sale were [attached e-mail to Sam]. What I didn't then know was that the shop building that Edwards offered me use-of in early July and into which I moved machinery on July 29th was owned by Rick Fields, who has no relationship to the trust and who was then a North Carolina resident and unable to daily see what was happening with his property. This building into which Edwards had me unloaded machinery in July was finally privately purchased from Rick Fields in late August by Phil Frankford. So not only did Edwards sell me a house that was not his to sell, but he had me move machinery into a building that was never trust property. And if not for the generosity of Phil Frankford, I would have been producing wood sculpture in the kitchen of Art Hawkin's house, with a very unhappy wife complaining about the sawdust.
The Apostle Paul writes to the saints at Corinth about lawsuits, asking why a saint should not suffer wrong from another saint, why not be allow oneself to be defrauded? The suffering of wrong quietly occurred here at Port Austin. Lawsuits were not filed in September when it first became known that Edwards was in collusion with Warwick Potts to wrong his other three trustees. Lawsuits were not filed when I first learned that Edwards sold me a house that was not his to sell. Lawsuits will, however, be filed in the future if genuine repentance doesn't occur, for Edwards has taken advantage of those who are poorly able to suffer his acts of deceit. We are our brothers' keepers, and when we see our brother being grievously wronged, we had better act on his (or her) behalf, even if the person would rather accept the harm than to seek remedy through the courts. And this is the case here at Port Austin. Terry Williams, Paul Drieman and Phil Frankford have been grievously wronged, with Terry Williams suffering particular harm due to his age and reduced earning ability. Therefore, if I do not act but quietly go away, then I have participated in the harm done to each of them. If I do not call an educational hoax by its proper name, then I allow others to be harmed in the manner that the trustees have been hurt. Thus, I will welcome any action Edwards wishes to initiate as his contributions continue to dry up—and they will dry up. His criminal exposure has increased with my eviction. And he can only play his pity card so many times before it expires.
January 25, 2005
In response to apparent instructions from Arthur Hawkins’ legal representatives following my "Commentary" of January 23, 2005, Norman Scott Edwards wrote the attached letter and paid to have the Huron County Sheriff's Department deliver the letter along with its accompanying postal money order. He could have, of course, walked the 120 feet from his office to mine and could have personally delivered the letter and money order. I certainly would have appropriately acknowledged its receipt as I am here doing. But it apparently took posting my most recent installment to the Port Austin Soap Opera to motivate Edwards to identify himself as a representative of Arthur Hawkins, thereby causing Hawkins’ angry shadow to hover over the entirety of the actions that began here in Port Austin in December 2003, when Hawkins and Warwick Potts offered Edwards three seats on the Board of Directors of Eternal Life Bible Institute (ELBI), a Minnesota 501(c)(3) corporation, and operational control of ELBI’s Port Austin holdings in exchange for $250,000 and ELBI’s retained ownership. Hawkins and Potts offered Edwards 50/50 split control of ELBI’s Board of Directors; Hawkins and Potts offered to remove all but three of ELBI’s board members and to add three of Edwards’ SEE members. And the Hawkins and Potts’ offer makes ELBI a sham corporation, a tax-exempt cover for Arthur Hawkins’ assets while he sits in Federal prison.
The three witnesses to Edwards’ sale of the house all heard the words "Sale." Notes taken by one of the witnesses indicate the down payment moneys were given and received as part of a sales agreement. But as Edwards writes, his wording on the receipt was intentionally vague, not either the mindset or the actions of a truly born-from-above disciple in any business transaction (cited from the 2nd line of the 6th paragraph, middle of the page). And therein appears the entirety of the problem here at Port Austin: Norman Scott Edwards is not an individual who displays the fruit of the Spirit of God. Rather, in all of his doings and in his dealings, he behaves as a person who is governed by his natural mind only.
Throughout the negotiations between the four PASCC trustees and ELBI that culminated in the Purchase Agreement herein (and in other Commentaries) identified as Liber 1048, dated April 28, 2004, Warwick Potts and Norman Scott Edwards used "ELBI" and "Art" (for Arthur Hawkins) as interchangeable names for the same selling entity. This is the entity who owned the house I purchased, and from whom Edwards had (according to Edwards’ letter) verbal permission to surrender its possession to me (4th line of the 1st paragraph). This is also the entity Edwards informed that he had given permission to me to move into the house (1st line of the 8th paragraph), and the entity Edwards consulted about whether he should ask me to leave (2nd line of the same paragraph). The issue between Edwards and myself was his qualification to instruct students, an aspect of the SEE program. Thus, by Edwards’ admission, Edwards needed permission to implement policy involving the SEE program. Edwards was an agent of Art/ELBI, and he acknowledges functioning as the agent of Art/ELBI, and through his acknowledged actions, he had made Art/ELBI a partner in SEE, the position he had advocated throughout the negotiations that produced Liber 1048.
Throughout the negotiations that produced Liber 1048, Potts and Edwards both served as representatives for Art. Thus, Edwards was negotiating against the best interests of the other three trustees. Despite Edwards having made a covenant with the other three trustees to each other and to God, Edwards did not act or represent the other trustees in their best interests, but functioned as a double-agent. Then, when Terry Williams [after investing his life savings] would pay no more monies and when Phil Frankford refused to turn his savings over to Edwards, Art/ELBI through Warwick Potts acted with Edwards to produce the infamous revised purchasing agreement identified herein as Liber 1073, dated September 17, 2004. Edwards, with no authority other than him coveting the property, eliminated the other three trustees, thereby taking sole ownership of property for which Williams had invested his savings. Edwards and Potts’ actions apparently come as the result of a scam conceived in 2003, and initiated when a bogus sales prospectus was given to Williams to show to his still-living father, now 94 years old.
The scam was implemented on January 5, 2004, when sucker bait was trolled past Terry Williams by Warwick Potts and others. Norman Scott Edwards was one of the others. With cold-hearted deliberateness, Edwards made merchandise of his friendship with Williams. He was willing to financially gut Williams and Williams’ father, and to serve them as smoked meat to "Art," for whom he in effect functioned then and ever since as an agent. And all of this story will be told in a novel about ley lines and those who use them, a novel that pits the sons of light against the darkness of imprisoned spirits that these sons of light will judge.
Edwards judges himself, with the revealing of his judgment coming. Today, based upon just the letter received from the Sheriff's Deputy, he should be fearful, for the taxes were paid on October 18, 2004, by Arthur Hawkins, or his representatives, the reason for my letter of November 9, 2004. And because the taxes were paid without him notifying me, the sale of the house remains a subject for litigation.
HKNotice of Return of Unused Deposit 01-25-05