Facebook and TV psychic detective Noreen Renier of Orlando, Florida and previously a resident in Virginia and North Carolina has a long history of multiple bankruptcies and as a defendant across federal courts in multiple states. As a debtor Noreen Renier failed to initially report over $100,000 in income plus thousands of dollars in additional assets to one bankruptcy court in 2007. The judge in that court ordered a judgment against her citing Noreen Renier as having misled his court and not being credible. In 2011 she lost a U.S. District court appeal arising from her appeal on the 'not credible' judgment after her Chapter 7 filing. And in April 2012 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected her second appeal. Those booking the services of "super psychic" Noreen Renier should take a very long pause before relying on her acting performances before TV cameras and her "highly credible" visions and forecasting. She has boldly fooled many.
Updated May 1, 2012 as a public service and commercial-free sub-set of Noreen Renier profile index page.
On March 21, 2011 the federal judge overseeing debtor Noreen Renier's Chapter 7 bankruptcy stated in his Court Memorandum:
“The overwhelming problem with Renier’s case is that the court did not find her. . . to be a credible witness. . . . she misled the court . . . Renier stood not five feet away and agreed to abide by this directive. . [yet] . . .she did not intend at any time to abide . . .”
This latest Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by Wilmington, North Carolina based defendant, author, and claimed paranormal "super psychic" Noreen Renier follows a Chapter 7 filing nine years earlier. It also follows 2006 and 2007 federal judgments against her.
Attempting to clear debts greater than $75,000 including more than $26,000 owed to her own former attorney, Noreen Renier declared bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia, Lynchburg Division on August 28, 2007.
A rather odd foresight outcome for someone who claims "super psychic" abilities?
By late March 2011 however thousands of dollars in assets collected by the Court Trustee were issued to Renier's two principal unpaid creditors, including payments from $9000 paid by Noreen Renier to regain her 2005 book copyright.
Thousands of dollars more in additional book royalty payments collected from her publishers were also distributed.
Subpoenas allowed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court by her principal creditor provided thousands of banking, brokerage, and business transactions across hundreds of documents. And those materials quickly made it evident that her original income filings to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court were far from accurate.
Ms. Renier's claimed income on both her original and first amended filings for the entire year 2006 as an example was understated at $6371. Her principal creditor showed with subpoenaed banking information that the amount was actually greater than 10 times more!
Indeed Renier actually revised her own original income figures on her 2007 Chapter 7 filing upward by more than $100,000!
"Her act of being destitute seems to play like a charade in a theatre. But then Renier herself is both a former professional stage actress and lounge entertainer" noted her key creditor.
In a filing provided to the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee and copied to the IRS by her principal creditor it stated "The enormous understatement of income on the debtor’s first two filings could not have been accidental or a simple mistake. A gross business income in 2006 of at least $67,720 could not possibly be mistaken for the $6,371 gross income that Petitioner declared on her initial and 1st amended filings. In addition, on her Means-Test, which she has never amended, the debtor indicates that her monthly income was $484 (her social security was a minimum of $559 per month, which is not even included in her gross income above), and that she was suffering an $850 loss each month on her business. She had to know that, on average, for the months preceding her bankruptcy that was not true."
Additionally its noted that "The Debtor provided information about seven (7) accounts in her bankruptcy petition: four accounts at Wachovia Bank in Charlottesville, two retirement accounts (American Funds and Evergreen Investments), and a closed account at Bank of America in Tampa. However, the Debtor failed to identify her checking account at the Putt Putt branch of Bank of America in Charlottesville, which she closed just three months before she filed bankruptcy. It is difficult to believe that the debtor forgot the Charlottesville account, as more than $110,000 flowed through it from January 2005 to May 11, 2007."
And continuing the 4-page brief single-spaced brief notes that "Because the debtor denies having a business in her bankruptcy petition (Statement of Financial Affairs, Question 18), and failed to answer Questions 19-25 on the Statement of Financial Affairs, I have no way to know if she has a business name or a federal tax ID number under which she may have additional accounts. In her February 15, 2010 Motion to Quash she notes “my employees records” and in her December 15, 2009 response to the Court Ms. Renier notes her “business” and acknowledged various personnel, including “Pat Stevens, Assistant to Noreen Renier”. Nothing in the subpoenaed materials suggest payroll disbursements, lending credence to the possibility of a business account."
But according to her principal creditor at the time of her filing (August 28, 2007) and going back to sometime as early as January 1, 2005 Noreen Renier may have had a business or other unlisted account she failed to report.
She failed to list any "business income" on her bankruptcy filing.
Zero across years.
Any failure to report such an account would be of significant interest to both the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Lynchburg, VA), and the Internal Revenue Service. Merrell has also offered a significant reward for such confidential information and communications can be conducted through his attorney of directly with the Court Trustee, Mr. William Schneider of Lynchburg, Virginia.
Of note by her creditor in the filing is the statement "The Debtor [Noreen Renier] had / has a safety deposit box at Bank of America for at least three years prior to the filing of the bankruptcy. The account information on account #RN6048 shows automatic renewal payments of $90 each year in May of 2005 and 2006. The Debtor claimed to own no real estate, no stocks or bonds, no life insurance policies, no jewelry, or anything else of value. Why a safety deposit box? As we know that the Debtor dealt with large sums of cash it would be interesting to know how often she signed in to access her safety deposit box."
And "A significant drop in deposits, and no large withdrawals, including rent payments, could be easily explained by the existence of another account, possibly the one at Bank of America on Barracks Road (acct. #RN6854) where she made a 1,500 cash deposit on August 7, 2006 into that account which is listed under an unknown name. There is also the question of the $4,000 check she wrote on July 19, 2007 – five weeks before she filed for bankruptcy. Where did that money go? According to her signed petition, it did not go to creditors. Nor to friends and family. Nor to her attorney. Nor to a trust fund. Nor for household goods. Nor for a new car. Nor into real estate holdings or repairs. Where did it go? Deposited into an unknown account? Converted to cash? There is no way to know without looking at the check."
On the final page of his statement her creditor states " The best evidence that Debtor had another account may in her own filings. On her second amended filing, she significantly increased the amount of gross income that she had received in 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, even her second amended filings can now be shown as significantly below her actual deposits for two of those years. In 2005, her deposits, not including social security, interest, and dividends, still exceeded her 2nd amended earnings by almost $13,000. In 2006, her actual deposits and cash withholdings exceeded her 2nd amended earnings by over $17,000. Yet, her revised earnings for 2007 exceed the amount of her known deposits. Given her history of vastly understating her gross income, which suggests that there is additional income somewhere - in an account, a safety deposit box, or under her mattress."
Of interest among the income found during an extensive subpoena process were checks from a variety of TV production and studio companies including from Story House Productions in Washington, D.C. (the producers of the TV series 'Psychic Detectives'), New Dominion Pictures, LLC "Psy" in Suffolk, Virginia; and also Max Weissman Productions dba Departure Films, in New York City.
Just a sample of a few of the many checks from $1000 to $6000 each are shown above. Though Renier's original bankruptcy filing claimed less than $6400 in total income for the year 2006, just three of the checks shown here go well beyond that amount and are just part of a series of payments exceeding $20,000 from Story House Productions alone.
Another surprise is the complete lack of referenced payments across almost three years surveyed by the subpoenas for income coming from public law enforcement agencies --- a significant source of employment repeatedly claimed by Renier to the public. No designated deposit, check, or transfer made across her numerous listed accounts references a law enforcement agency payment from any county, state, federal, or overseas law enforcement agency.
Yet her own web site as of April 3, 2011 states "she is a highly respected psychic detective who has worked on over 600 unsolved cases with city, county, and state Law Enforcement Agencies in 38 states and 6 foreign countries." And she claims "60-70%" of her cases are directly booked by such agencies.
Given the significance of this income how was it overlooked? And if payments from law enforcement agencies were made how were they reported and under which account? And if they don't exist why then has Renier claimed that "60-70%" of her cases are booked and paid directly by law enforcement agencies?
Her standard fee is $1000 for work with such agencies --- an amount which works out to about $9 a minute for psychic telephone reading and consultation service.
Her critic notes "she seems to want to have it both ways" but things don't seem to square.
"Unless there are accounts and deposits overlooked or that she failed to report" he notes, and "If so, someone who knows about these accounts may collect a significant reward both from myself and the IRS for confidential information supplied by September 2012."
Ultimately we may never know how much Noreen Renier has received from being entertainment "talent" and filming TV productions. Story House improperly failed to respond to a court ordered subpoena but information was gained from several banking sources including checks they issued to Renier.
It's apparent based on documents that Noreen Renier's income in providing entertaining TV stories seem a principal source of income during the years covered by the subpoenas, rather than other income that is documented and referenced across the banking and financial accounts supplied by Renier. There appears to be a complete absence of any income coming from state law enforcement agencies or at least at levels referenced by Noreen Renier --- so either her public claims are exaggerated or those income sources aren't apparent in her banking statements.
In late March 2011 Noreen Renier as a defendant and Chapter 7 debtor requested that a U.S. District Court in Virginia review the U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision ordered by Judge William Anderson.
But on July 22, 2011 the Honorable Norman K. Moon, a U.S. District Court judge issued a court memorandum rejecting a 42-page appeal by author and psychic actress Noreen Renier, now living in Wilmington, North Carolina. Thus the earlier ruling by federal judge William Anderson who found Noreen Renier to have misled his court and not to have been a credible witness continues to stand.Additionally Noreen Renier's efforts to seek sanctions for alleged violations by a creditor --- including alleged violations for postings here on the G&P Inquiry web site --- were also denied and rejected by the Appeals Court.
One can suspect there are now large numbers of the public who believe Noreen Renier simply "misleads" and refuses to be responsible for her own actions.
And that she is not credible. Will someone who knows even more come forward and collect a reward?
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