State: Auctioneer owes thousands of dollars to customers

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The Gulf Breeze woman, who owns Elite Auction Associates, Inc., allegedly owes thousands of dollars in cash and property to two customers.

Annie Blanks @DestinLogAnnie

GULF BREEZE — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has filed two complaints against a Gulf Breeze business owner who they allege owes thousands of dollars in cash and unsold property to customers.

According to one of the FDBPR complaints, Holly Ann Martin, an auctioneer and owner of Elite Auction Associates, Inc., owes $19,774.75 to a complainant who said Martin auctioned off her property in September and October 2016 and only sent her a small portion of what she was owed from the sales.

In a separate FDBPR complaint, a woman alleged Martin took possession of her property in late October after she contracted with Elite Auction Associates to auction it off. In December, Martin auctioned off some of the property, and when the woman demanded an accounting of her property, Martin did not comply. The dollar amount of losses was not specified.

According to the complaint, Martin failed to pay the woman any money from the auction, did not issue any accounting of the woman’s property and did not return any unsold property.

In both complaints, the FDBPR calls for “permanent revocation or suspension of (Martin’s) license, restriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, placement of (Martin) on probation, assessment of costs, restitution, corrective action and/or any other relief that the board deems appropriate.”

One of the two numbers potentially associated with Elite Auction Associates had been disconnected Monday, and the Google listing for the business was “permanently closed.” There was no answer when the Daily News attempted to call another number. 

The FDBPR said they are waiting to hear back from Martin and then will proceed with appropriate actions. 

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