Suffolk County Police asked real estate developer Robert Toussie to leave a land auction after he bid on properties when he was told not to by Suffolk Officials. The auctioneers ignored Toussieâ€™s bids on properties. Toussie is facing federal tax charges.
In 2001, Toussie filed a civil suit against Suffolk County and two Suffolk County Officials seeking $50 million in damages as a result of the Countyâ€™s alleging that the County tried to shut down his business by forbidding him from bidding at County land auctions. According to Newsday.com, Toussie submitted winning bids on 15 land lots worth approximately $1 Million in a county land auction conducted in May 2001 and Suffolk authorities claim they did not allow him to keep the lots because his business was subject to federal investigations stemming from an alleged mortgage fraud scheme. Toussieâ€™s own press release in 2001 claims that the reason the County forbid him from bidding on lots was
â€œpolitical, driven by recent publicity generated by the guilty plea of his son to a single charge that he helped homebuyers in filing false mortgage applications so they could own new homes.â€