Want to buy an old (alleged!) Airbnb scam for $4 million?

West Lakeland Township was unhappy with the way Karl E. Auleciems was using his huge mansion, according to a trial originally filed in 2019. Neither did her neighbors, who “frequently complained” about weddings, post-prom parties and family reunions renting the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, 13,598-square-foot behemoth that he had built 2015.

Auleciems was ordered to stop, but continued to list the rogue resort on “HomeAway, VRBO, AirBNB, etc,” the township claimed. Fall 2021 Washington County stacked onaccusing Auleciems of 74 tax offenses related to his ” [rental] scheme.” He was accused of owing $194,961.43 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, as well as stealing $17,960 from tenants through unreturned security deposits, Bring Me the News reported.

Auleciems now hopes to offload the “true Lake Elmo clifftop estate” for $3.95 million. In terms of square footage, it is currently the second largest home for sale in the metro, behind only Randy Moss’ Huge Old Place. Among the blue blood amenities: a half basketball court/rock climbing wall, a gym, a movie theater, a sauna, a safe, a solar electric system and a rough elevator shaft. It’s the 13th most expensive Twin Cities home on the market, and it’s not exactly taking off; it’s been listed on and off the market since 2020, and oddly enough, the price keeps rising.

The manor is always listed on the FlipKey short-term rental website for $2,290 per night. There are no reservations or reviews; although updated last October, the description includes a reference to the nearby “US Bank Super Bowl Stadium”. The host’s name is “Larry A.”, one of the pseudonyms used by Auleciems, according to the township’s criminal complaint. “Ethan” was the other name he used to message guests as a representative of KEASons Enterprises, the unregistered company he used to rent out the mansion, his garage, a Wisconsin cabin and a plaza. at Stillwater.

Hilarious, a book from 2010 apparently written by Auleciems has the following title and cover art:

In an Amazon review titled “Not a Real Book,” reviewer Paul A. Lesieur wrote, “This ill-conceived effort by a purported expert is nothing more than an 80-plus-page advertisement to hire the author.” (Auleciems is the CEO of Castle Advocacy Group, according to his LinkedIn.) The other three reviews are more favorable.

We contacted the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for an update on the numerous charges against Auleciems, but did not immediately hear back.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at this big, big house thanks to the MLS listing:

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