The New York Post is reporting that Doug E. Fresh faces foreclosure on three Harlem homes by banks seeking more than $3.5 million in unpaid mortgages.
The Post also reports that American Express is seeking $60,000 in credit-card debt from him, and the IRS hit Fresh, whose real name is Douglas Davis, with a $367,000 tax lien. He also owes more than $40,000 owed to the state tax collector. After his success in the 1980s, he stayed in the Harlem neighborhood and invested in real estate.
His new restaurant, Doug E's Chicken and Waffles, is slated to open next month. According to a foreclosure suit filed in Manhattan in August 2008, he owed more than $1.73 million. He declined to comment to the Post.