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O.J. Simpson’s Miami home ordered sold at auction



The home imprisoned football great O.J. Simpson has owned near Miami for more than a decade was ordered sold in auction after JP Morgan Chase Bank won its foreclosure case against The Juice this week.

A Miami-Dade County judge ordered the house, at 9450 SW 112th St. in Kendall, seized by the bank Tuesday after he granted Chase’s motion for a summary judgment — more than two years after the foreclosure action was filed.

The bank is planning on selling Simpson’s digs at auction Oct. 29, according to court papers.

Simpson, who’s in a Nevada desert jail after being convicted of robbery and kidnapping in 2008, stopped paying his mortgage in 2010.

Now, he owes the bank a grand total of $892,283.11, including the $660,000 principal, fees, interests and court costs.

The hacienda-style property is currently assessed by the county’s property appraiser’s office at $481,000.

The Hall of Fame running back bought it in 2000 for $575,000 after several gated communities in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove rejected his purchase of other homes.

Simpson moved to South Florida to take advantage of real estate laws that prevent the sale of a homestead to pay off some civil judgments.

In 1997, Simpson was held liable for the deaths for ex-wife Nicole Simpson Brown and her friend, and ordered by a court near his Los Angeles home to pay the ex’s family $25 million in damages.

The family is still trying to collect.

Simpson’s foreclosure attorney, Leonardo DaVinci Starke, didn’t return calls for comment.

Court report

Florida Panthers co-owner Jordan Zimmerman and high-profile philanthropist Al Malnik have filed a lawsuit to recoup their investment into what they thought was a company with thousands of X-rated websites.

Advertising exec Zimmerman and Malnik, the original owner of the Miami Beach restaurant The Forge, assert in court papers they each gave about $1 million in 2008 to well-known Boca Raton businessmen Marc Bell and Dan Staton for use in their network of websites, FriendFinder Network.

The profitable FriendFinder runs 40,000 sites that cater to 500 million users looking for dates, or looking for excitement with swingers, sadomasochists and married folks, among other tastes.

Thing is, according to the lawsuit: Bell and Staton allegedly didn’t put the money into FriendFinder as planned but into a new company they eventually failed to buy, according to the lawsuit. And now, the money’s gone.

“It was bait and switch,” said David Goldstein, the plaintiffs’ lawyer. “They were investing in FriendFinder, and they ended up unknowingly investing somewhere else. They just want their money back.”

They’re out of luck, said attorney Gerry Richman, who reps Bell and Staton.

“The investors took their chances. Nobody was deceived,” Richman said.

Change at the top

WPLG-Channel 10’s big boss is a goner.

General Manager Dave Boylan, who presided over an era of growth at the station over the past 10 years, told his staff he’s moving on to another gig, and more golf, in September.

Boylan clocked in 35 years in television, and worked his way up from a salesman’s position.

Word is Boylan is joining the board of directors of Rentrak, a media ratings company.

Said Boylan: “WPLG is the gold standard of local television, and I’m lucky to have been a part of it.”

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