According to numerous news reports, in April of this year, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Senior Vice President Kevin Tomlinson filed a complaint with the Miami Association of Realtors, claiming longtime South Florida top producers Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber – known better to the industry as The Jills – altered local MLS data to conceal properties their team was having difficulty selling. Today, Tomlison is in jail after being arrested on Saturday, Aug. 8, for allegedly trying to extort The Jills to pay him to rescind his MIAMI complaint.
Following the announcement of Tomlinson’s arrest, ONE Sotheby’s was swift in distancing itself from its vice president, cutting ties with Tomlinson before releasing the below statement:
“Kevin Tomlinson is no longer affiliated with ONE Sotheby’s and his relationship has been immediately terminated. ONE Sotheby’s intends to fully cooperate with the police during this investigation. The incident is completely unprecedented in the history of our company and was wholly unanticipated.”
The Jills themselves have remained relatively quiet during the media’s frenzy to cover the budding case, but the group’s spokesperson, Bruce Rubin, did say both Hertzberg and Eber are “shaken up,” but wanted to offer their thanks to the Miami Beach Police Department.
When asked whether The Jills would be pursing any independent action against Tomlinson, Rubin exclusively told Miami Agent, “The Jills are considering all legal remedies available to them.”