(WSPA) — Todd Kohlhepp became a licensed real estate in Spartanburg in 2006, and eventually opened his own office in 2009.
Kohlhepp was the broker in charge for TKA Real Estate Agency, employing several agents to sell homes in Spartanburg and Greenville counties.
In 2014, South Carolina Legislature passed a law requiring background checks for real estate licenses. Kohlhepp had gotten his in 2006, when it was not required, and the law is not retroactive.
Over his 10 years as a real estate agent, four complaints were filed against Kohlhepp to the Real Estate Commission.
The first one was filed in April 2009. The complainant claims that he contacted Kohlhepp about his complaint, to which he responded “This is war.”
The main complaint was over Facebook posts on the “Todd Sells Realestate” page, including Kohlhepp’s comments about loving warfare and destroying people. The complainant informed the board that Kohlhepp was on the Sex Offender Registry and that the agency had received complaints and concerns from the public about him.
“Something MUST be done to stop this crazy man before something dreadful happens.”
The second was filed in August 2009. An anonymous file shows more Facebook posts that the complainant thought were inappropriate. The complainant states “Something MUST be done to stop this crazy man before something dreadful happens.”
Some of the Facebook posts from the “Todd Sells Realestate” page include responses to surveys that include foul language about sexual encounters, and a response to a survey, “how far would you go for revenge?” Kohlhepp received the answers “You want to stop what your doing, You’ll most likely go haywire on someone taking your revenge out on anybody near you who did something wrong, most likely a fatal type of approach is taken. Whether it’s murder or gouging out the eyes its up to you, but it’s bound to leave your victim mortally scarred or mentally destroyed.” Kohlhepp responded to that answer by stating “Well, that part is true, I do take payback a little too far. Easy solution, don’t piss me of, everyone does just fine”
There are also multiple posts about guns and which one is best suited for him. Kohlhepp stated that he grew up around berettas and how much he liked them and also how he used several sniper rifles.
This complaint also submitted records about his crime in Arizona.
The above two complaints were not investigated by the Real Estate Commission because the complaint was reviewed and determined to not violate the Real Estate Commission’s practice act.
The third complaint came in April 2014. In that complaint, the board was told that Kohlhepp was a registered sex offender, as well as claims that Kohlhepp was a thief and unethical in selling their home.
This complaint was investigated and a response was given to the board by Kohlhepp. That complaint was eventually dismissed with no action.
The most recent claim came from a board member of of the Real Estate Commission, stating the crimes that Kohlhepp had been charged with on November 3rd. That complaint is still being investigated. In the interim, Kohlhepp has been placed on suspension. His real estate website has also been shut down.