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Oct 17, 2015 10:29 AM

Officials think tax evaders' properties will finally sell

The Associated Press

PLAINFIELD — Officials think they'll finally be able to sell off two New Hampshire properties formerly owned by a now-jailed pair of tax evaders who kept federal agents at bay during a months-long armed standoff, despite concerns one might still be booby-trapped.

An auction last year for Ed and Elaine Brown's properties drew no bidders, but much has changed.

The minimum bids on both places — $125,000 for the 100-acre compound in Plainfield and $250,000 for Elaine Brown's dentist office in Lebanon — are half what they were. Winning bidders have 45 days — not seven — to come up with the balance. And qualified bidders are being given access to the compound for the first time — even with lingering worries it might have hidden explosives.

The auction is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the federal courthouse in Concord.


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