Bogus land sales victims speak out; Pueblo attorney denies allegations he assisted seller

Two Pueblo County residents who purchased property near Ordway to invest in marijuana growing operations only to later find out the people they’d worked with did not have legal ownership of the properties said the whole experience was “a real disaster,” and “a wild situation.”

Brandon Okman of Best Buds Botanical teamed up with his parents to start a marijuana growing operation in Pueblo. On June 2, 2021, the company purchased property at 19655 Tamarack Lane, in the Tamarack Acres Subdivision near Ordway, for the purpose of expanding the grow.

“I bought a property I came to find out later the seller had no permission to sell that property. It took me a better part of a year to find out if I was going to lose it,” Okman told the Chieftain.

Another local resident, Desiree Sisneros of Boone, teamed up with her grandfather to lease with the option to buy property and a greenhouse under construction at 19723 Tamarack Lane near Ordway, but they too were “screwed,” she said.

“The aftermath shut us down. It was supposed to be a family legacy and we invested everything we had in this,” Sisneros told the Chieftain.

How the bogus property sales unfolded

Crowley County Improvements Company LLC formed in 2016 to buy 113 acres of land known as Tamarack Acres Subdivision, which was to be subdivided and improved with a water line. Partners in the company appointed Dean Hiatt of Colorado Springs as the managing member.

Hiatt did not respond to a request for comment prior to the Chieftain’s deadline Friday.

A lawsuit alleges Hiatt sold property without the unanimous consent of his partners in violation of an operating agreement. Pueblo attorney Anthony Perko, who at the time worked for the Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth Law Firm, assisted in drafting

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