Four file claim, saying city workers unlawfully entered home

Four Fountain Valley residents want the city to pay up for allegedly damaging their reputation and their property during a series of incidents dating back to 2002.

Joseph Masaoka, Arther Masaoka, Amy Harchol and Curtis Wolf filed a claim Sept. 2 against the city of Fountain Valley for allegedly violating their civil rights, personal injury and property damage. The residents are asking for more than $25,000 in damages, according to the claim. A claim is the precursor to a lawsuit.

The four said city building inspectors, code enforcement and police officers have been unlawfully entering their home on Arches Court, according to the claim.

They forced their way inside, causing property damage, according to the claim.

The officials are accused of using excessive force, falsely arresting them and causing them to lose their property, according to the claim.

The four claim the city officials have been conspiring with an unknown third party.

The incidents date back to Oct. 12, 2002 and continue to the present causing emotional distress, loss of wages, personal injuries and property damage and loss, according to the claim.

The claimants suffered damage to their good character and reputation, according to the claim.

—Britney Barnes

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