Shut­tered Ce­cil County wed­ding venue faces fore­clo­sure auction

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Colin Camp­bell cm­camp­bell@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/cm­camp­bell6

The Win­ery at Elk Manor, a 157-acre Ce­cil County wed­ding venue that closed abruptly in Au­gust af­ter the owner’s guilty plea to fed­eral tax fraud, will be put up for fore­clo­sure auction this month.

The auction is sched­uled for noon Oct. 21 at the front en­trance of the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court, 129 E. Main St. in Elk­ton.

The prop­erty on the Elk River in North East in­cludes a 4,716-square-foot manor house, two event halls, four res­i­den­tial build­ings, two barns, 17 sheds and a 7-acre win­ery, ac­cord­ing to Alex Cooper Real Es­tate, which has been con­tracted as the auction agent. The prop­erty’s address is 88 Rivers Edge Road.

The clo­sure of the venue, which fea­tures a 2,000-foot stretch of river­front, came with no no­tice and no men­tion of re­funds to cou­ples who had put down de­posits for wed­dings there.

The owner, Si­mon Tusha, 43, of For­est Park, pleaded guilty this year to fed­eral tax fraud stem­ming from more than $2.7 mil­lion in bribes prose­cu­tors said he re­ceived as a tech­nol­ogy ex­ec­u­tive from data cen­ter com­pa­nies in the United King­dom and the Nether­lands from 2008 to 2010.

Paul Cooper, the Alex Cooper agent han­dling the auction, said that the fore­clo­sure was due to an un­paid mort­gage.

Louis Ebert, the sub­sti­tute trus­tee, de­clined to com­ment when reached Tues­day.

Af­ter the venue is sold, all other prop­erty of the Win­ery at Elk Manor LLC and Elk Manor Op­er­a­tions LLC, will be auc­tioned, in­clud­ing the fur­ni­ture, art­work, tents, ac­counts, in­ven­tory, tools and equip­ment.

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