Years of legal issues for defendant in lawsuit filed by Mo Vaughn’s company

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A defendant in the lawsuit filed by former baseball great Mo Vaughn’s company has a history of property issues, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

Various documents indicate Linda Davis Griffin is the principal in a handful of entities that are located at 882 Broad St.

One of those companies, Gatsby Housing Associates, was listed as the manager of the property connected to a huge pile of debris that one resident called “a mini landfill” during a Target 12 report in December of 2013.

It wasn’t that “mini.” The mass of old furniture, mattresses and garbage bags filled an entire lot in south Providence. A fine from the city that followed the Target 12 reports prompted the property to be cleared of the debris.

Davis Griffin and two of her companies are named in a lawsuit filed in November by Omni America, LLC, a New York-based company that was founded by former Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn. On Omni’s website, Vaughn is listed as the company’s Co-Managing Director.

Davis Griffin, the daughter of the late Lloyd Griffin, who was a Providence political powerhouse in the 80’s and 90’s, has not returned phone calls for comment.

According to the filing, Omni signed an agreement with Griffin to buy 82 Providence apartment buildings from her for $18 million.

The lawsuit claims Griffin signed the contract “with intent to defraud” by claiming she had the “full power” to sell the real estate.

Another legal issue is cited in the Omni lawsuit which states “in 2013 [Griffin] looted the tenant security deposits from one of the properties that she managed.”

Griffin has until Jan. 6 to answer the complaint filed by Omni.

In a yet another case, a bankruptcy filing for Griffin’s Vision Adventures, LLC, Griffin pleaded guilty in April to falsifying bank documents to conceal the illegal spending of thousands of dollars in estate funds.

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