The same Realtor accused of extorting two rival Realtors earlier this month landed a new job just days after his arrest. Per the Miami Herald:
According to various reports, the Miami Realtors known as “the Jills,” Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg, became the victims of an extortion scheme allegedly perpetrated by Kevin Tomlinson.
The Real Deal has a recap of the whole ordeal, which started in April with Tomlinson accusing the Jills of altering MLS data on homes they were supposedly having a difficulty selling and ended with Tomlinson in handcuffs, battered and bruised after resisting arrest.
According to the Real Deal report, Tomlinson asked to meet with Hertzberg and put an offer on the table to make the complaint disappear. The two met at Hertzberg’s home, where Tomlinson said the complaint would vanish if both of them paid him $250,000. If they refused, he threatened to take the complaint public. Complaints with the association are confidential, the Herald reported.
Now, according to the Miami Herald, after being fired from his position at One Sotheby’s International Realty and days after his Aug. 8 arrest on extortion charges, Tomlinson now works at boutique Miami Beach firm Calibre International Realty.
Tomlinson started the new job on Aug. 12.
From the Miami Herald:
“I’ve known Kevin for a long time and I think there’s two sides to every story,” said Julian Johnston, who runs Calibre and made headlines in 2012 when he sold a penthouse at the Continuum in South Beach for $25 million, a record price at the time for a Florida condo. “He’s innocent until proven guilty.”
Johnston said he had no hesitations about offering Tomlinson a job despite pending felony charges. “I wanted to offer him my support,” Johnston said.