Agent Gets Yearlong Ban for Defamation

Man allegedly linked businesswoman to Russian mob in Web postings.

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Cheer up, Kent. If she actually was involved with the Russian mob, things would have turned out much worse for you.

From the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

A local real estate agent charged with defamation for Internet postings that claimed an area businesswoman was connected to the Russian mafia was ordered Thursday not to work in real estate for a year.

Kent Haluska's 18-month probation sentence in Brown County court included the yearlong ban from real estate.

Haluska, 26, pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor defamation charges. He was accused of posting the comments about Marina Solo on a real estate networking Web site using the names of other real estate agents and sending letters to Solo's clients telling them they were funding Russian terrorism.

Solo immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1995 and owns Marina Solo Real Estate Group in De Pere.

"I just want everybody to understand this was not a joke," Solo said during the sentencing.

Brown County Circuit Judge Marc Hammer also sentenced Haluska to pay a $1,838 fine, prohibited him from having contact with the victims and ordered him to attend counseling if recommended by a probation agent.