I'm not my brother's keeper

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by Barry Davis / KENS 5

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Posted on February 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 19 at 12:48 PM

Kathy Heimann thought the tax issue on her dead brother's property had been settled. She received a notice from the Guadalupe County tax office in October of 2009, but called their attorney to let them know she never had anything to do with the property.

She thought the issue was settled then.

A few weeks ago she applied for a business loan for her landscaping and irrigation business but was denied because of a tax judgment out of Guadalupe County.

Once again Heimann called the Guadalupe County tax office's attorney.

The attorney assured her she had been dropped form the judgment and  sent a copy of the judgment to prove it.

But the damage had already been done. Heimann's credit score had already dropped.

They also sent her information saying the judgment would stay on her record for 7 to10 years, even if the taxes were paid.

That's when Heimann called Eyewitness Wants To Know.

We contacted Tavi Murphy, the Guadalupe County tax assessor. Murphy quickly called her attorneys and made sure a letter was on its way to Heimann stating that she should never have been named in the judgment.

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