MERIDEN - The city has filed a lawsuit to foreclose on a three-family house owned by John J. 'Jack' Baltas, the reputed leader of the Diablos Motorcycle Club.
The city also gave Baltas
a $6,000 interest-free loan in 1981 to make improvements to the property.Under terms of the agreement, the loan must be repaid when the property transfers.Baltas
, who ran for City Council in 1993 and 1995, has been in federal prison in Otisville, NY, since his
1998 conviction on cocaine smuggling, stolen vehicle and gun dealing charges.
The tax bills, which were mailed to his
prison address, went delinquent starting in 2005.
In December of that year, federal and state agents raided the clubhouse, and other locations associated with the club, and arrested 15 people on various charges including drug and gun possession.
The foreclosure suit names several banks that may have an interest in the property.It also shows that Baltas
had a habit of mortgaging the property to post bail for people.
Once the debts are paid, any remaining money would go to Baltas
.The house was assessed at $78,680 in the 2006 revaluation, for an estimated market value of $112,400.