When Brandon Curtiss visited the Malheur Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Ore., in January, he told a reporter from The Oregonian newspaper he had “built a property management company from scratch.”
Curtiss, 42, founder and president of Three Percent of Idaho, had joined a group of armed men who set up a security perimeter near the refuge. He told The Oregonian they were there to form a buffer zone between occupation leader Ammon Bundy, of Emmett, the FBI and the Harney County sheriff to de-escalate the situation and prevent a massacre.
The Idaho group, which promotes “freedom, liberty and the Constitution,” according to its website, said it did not condone the 41-day occupation. Members said they came to Burns to protest the prison sentences of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond for arson on federal land.
The owner of Curtiss Property Management in Meridian, Curtiss told the reporter he managed 100 to 150 properties, yet records show he has left a trail of unpaid bills and was sued by the owners of two properties he managed for failing to turn over rent money he collected from apartment residents.