Bankruptcy stalls lawsuit against marine broker

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

HOMER -- Debra Moore, who was indicted for felony theft by a Kenai grand jury on Feb. 8, is not the only marine broker in Homer to come under legal scrutiny in recent months.

Steven R. Callison, owner of Alaska Marine Brokers Inc., was sued in October by Ivan and Fidoysia Reutov over a long list of issues ranging from fraud and misrepresentation to breach of contract and negligence. The Reutovs seek more than $100,000 in actual and punitive damages, according to papers filed by their attorney, Daniel Westerburg.

The Reutovs charge that Callison bought and sold various permits for them since the mid-1990s, but kept the proceeds in trust accounts for later purchases of quota shares or permits. Callison closed his business last year, but the Reutovs allege he still owes them an unknown amount of money -- unknown because he has failed to give them a full accounting of their transactions, they claim.

More than a year before that, in August 2000, Soldotna attorney Joseph Kashi began asking Callison for information regarding deals Callison and Alaska Marine Brokers had done on behalf of Artemon and Fedosia Basargin, Evgeny and Irina Basargin and Alexey Basargin. In papers filed in the Kenai District Court in January 2001, the Basargin family alleges Callison sold various permits without the plaintiffs' knowledge, forged signatures, failed to make payment from those sales and failed to provide proper accounting.

The Basargin family is asking for at least $100,000 in damages in compensatory damages and another $300,000 in punitive damages.

A deposition was scheduled Nov. 15, 2001, that Callison did not attend, prompting a request from Kashi to the court to find Callison in contempt. Callison was supposed to go on trial Jan. 2, but he filed bankruptcy in Anchorage on Dec. 12, effectively stopping all legal action against him. A creditors hearing was held Jan. 30. Creditors have until April 16 to file a claim, according to the bankruptcy court.

Callison, through his attorney, Melinda Miles, denied the Basargins' allegations.

Neither Kashi nor Westerburg would comment on their respective lawsuits.

Alaska State Troopers would neither confirm nor deny that they are investigating Callison and/or Alaska Marine Brokers Inc., said investigator Jim Truesdell in Soldotna.

Meanwhile, Moore was still in Wildwood Pretrial Facility as of Wednesday afternoon, held on $100,000 bail. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb. 8.

Joel Gay is a reporter for the Homer News.

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