MIAMI — While he rots in a Nevada desert prison, fallen football icon O.J. Simpson‘s house near Miami was sold yesterday in a foreclosure auction.
The house, at 9450 SW 112th St. in Kendall, went for $655,000 to a yet-to-be-identified private online bidder, according to county auction records.
The buyer appears to have paid a fair amount: Simpson bought it in September 2000 for $575,000. It’s currently assessed by the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser for $481,043.
Simpson left California to escape a $33.5 million judgment won in a civil court by Fred Goldman, the father of the waiter murdered along with Simpson’s ex-wife in 1994. While Simpson was famously found not guilty of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in a criminal court, a civil court in Los Angeles found him liable for the deaths.
By owning property here, Simpson managed to shield some of his assets since a Florida homestead cannot be seized to pay for a civil judgment.
Now, however, the former Buffalo Bills star is in prison for the unrelated kidnapping and robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer in Las Vegas, and the Juice stopped paying his mortgage more than two years ago.
From his cell, Simpson tried to fight the foreclosure action filed by mortgage holder JP Morgan Chase.
Why? He hoped to return home soon, says his attorney.
“He has been trying to do everything he can to win his release, and the idea was that he’d have a home to come back to at the time of his release,” said Leonardo DaVinci Starke, who represented Simpson in the foreclosure. “We were hoping for the best but it didn’t happen.”
So, who’s getting paid now?
Simpson owed the bank $892,283 in back payments, principal, fees, court costs and penalties, according to court records.
All of the money is bound for JP Morgan!
Left holding the bag: The IRS! Simpson is the target of three liens for unpaid taxes for a total $259,864.
When asked why Simpson, who still collects a hefty NFL pension, stopped paying his mortgage, Starke said: “That’s ACP!”
Translation: Attorney-client privilege.