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Fatal Attraction? Virginia Attorney Realtor To Explain Unhinged Reign of Terror to Jury in Martha Boneta Case


Fatal Attraction? Virginia Attorney Realtor To Explain Unhinged Reign of Terror to Jury

Timothy R. Dabolina, Richmond Virginia

On Tuesday, January 19th, Patricia Thomas wearing fluffy mink fur trim, appeared smug and at times made scornful faces during a court room hearing in Fauquier County, Virginia. Patricia Thomas, the defendant, is an attorney and realtor in Middleburg, Virginia.

Martha Boneta, owner of a family farm located on the edge of the Shenandoah Valley in Fauquier County about 55 miles west of Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against realtors Philip and Patricia Thomas for Conspiracy and Tortious Malicious Interference for abuse and harassment. Thomas, an attorney, used her personal law firm in her capacity as an agent for her husband’s real estate firm in a land grab scheme that included years of harassing behavior. The elaborate mile long documented web of shameful tactics spun by the wealthy land barons who coveted Boneta’s farm is exposed for all to see in documents filed with the court in a lawsuit filed by Boneta:

The defendant, Thomas, will now have to explain why she used her position of power for her own personal gain in a failed land grab plot. In addition to a trail of evidence that reads more like a Stalker Episode on Forensic Files, Thomas also made a hysterical 911 call about the farmer’s animals, contacted all of the farmer’s neighbors, multiple government agencies, interfered with Boneta’s mortgage and was the architect of an organized attempt to force the farmer off of her land. Even more creepy, Thomas collected pictures of Boneta, her personal home, vehicles, farm and animals and kept records of Boneta on social media.

The obsessive persecution of Boneta sounds like a scorned mistress’s revenge. Thomas sent a picture of an abused horse, but wait for it…. the picture Thomas sent was taken from an internet website of a horse in Australia. Meanwhile, the Boneta family farm is located in Paris, Virginia. Thomas also made fabricated reports about Boneta’s Ostrich. The only problem is that Boneta has never had an ostrich.

Documents show that Attorney Thomas spent hours, days, weeks and months over the course of several years trying to destroy the farmer’s business and cause problems for the farmer in her county by making bizarre reports to numerous government agencies. The magnitude of evidence shows a disturbing pattern of greed unhinged with temper tantrums when Thomas did not have her demands met by government agents to act as surrogates for Thomas’s harassment.

Enter Rhonda Sherwood, the “personal assistant” who also lives in one of Thomas’s multiple rental properties. Sherwood, signed and submitted an affidavit complaint about Boneta to zoning. TheMartha2 affidavit was authored by Thomas and resulted in Boneta’s farm being shuttered.

The horrific actions of Thomas had consequences. The farm was shut down numerous times with extraordinary damage to the farmer’s business likely costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Saying their multi-year, well-documented harassment of a local farmer does not mean they “should have to be dragged through protracted, expensive litigation,” this powerful Virginia husband-and-wife real estate team has put forward a novel argument in their defense: We should not be held liable for the pain and financial loss we inflicted on our neighbor; she should suck it up because our acts were a mere “irritation and distraction.” Could this be Virginia’s first Affluenza defense? – See more at:

How dare the rubes stand up to landed gentry! Small wonder that Boneta has been awarded one of America’s most Amazing Women for her struggle that is the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Farming in Fear.” Click to watch now.

Unlike the fictional movie drama “Fatal Attraction”, the Thomas reign of terror has hurt real people and devastated a family that just wanted to be left alone to farm in peace.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

19 Responses to “Fatal Attraction? Virginia Attorney Realtor To Explain Unhinged Reign of Terror to Jury in Martha Boneta Case”

  1. JoAnn Abbott says:

    Not only were Martha\’s family, farm, animals and vehicles photographed; on SEVERAL occasions I, my children, grandchildren and our cars were the subjects of a stalker with a camera. Usually within 10-15 minutes of our coming for a visit, this guy would show up and start taking pictures of us, and when approached would quickly drive off. Usually to park on the other side of the property and continue.


  2. Conrad Devers

    I have a hard time comprehending that anyone is so full of greed and hate. The Thomas\’s were so arrogant and outrageously abusive to the Boneta family. Then for the husband to say they shouldn\’t be responsible for Ms. Boneta\’s pain and financial loss is sickening and repulsive. Hopefully after this is over Ms. Boneta and her family can enjoy their farm like they initially set out to do.

  3. Martha Sparkman says:

    In Yiddish, this called, \’Chutzpah\’! The man who murdered his parents pleads for leniency, because he\’s a poor orphan comes to mind.

    Well, sure, no one can exactly quantify the amount of damages resulting from the Thomas duo\’s evil harassment, but the jury will probably come up with a nice figure for punitive damages. Looking forward to watching the spectacle of these weasels standing before the judge and explain themselves.

  4. Elizabeth Turner Brinkley says:

    Great article.

  5. Debbie Weber says:

    The Affluenza couple! Are the Thomases also Democrats? Wouldn\’t be surprised!

    • Nancy Stevenson says:

      Please address the issue – and don\’t bring politic into it.

      • Lance Van Winkle says:

        Those “Realtors” Brokers, Agents and Attorneys should have been disbarred and had their licenses to practice Real Estate Brokerage services pulled and the NAR should have booted them out.
        The violated not only the law but statutory and fiduciary duties to the public and went against the basic principles of our industry which at it’s core is private property rights.
        Good gawd.

    • Jennifer Smith says:

      Political donations are readily searchable online. If you had bothered to look, you would have discovered that the Thomases have donated fairly heavily to Republican (and only Republican) candidates. People like you, on both sides of the aisle, are everything that is wrong with this country. Political affiliation is not a reflection of character. Daring to disagree with you politically does not come close to making someone a bad person, but judging a person\’s character and worth based solely on their political views absolutely does.

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  7. BoxTurtle says:

    This reminds me in some ways of that case in around the same area (was that in Middleburg too?) where a wealthy lawyer moved into a farming area, determined to raise some special kind of cows, and got into a fight with his elderly farmer neighbor whose bull got lose and had it\’s way with some of his cows… so he kept it and they got in a big fight when the old guy went over to get it. Things devolved and the lawyer made the old dude put up half for the cost of a fence that was hideously expensive and the lawyer picked out on his own, and eventually he shot the old farmer because the old guy showed up mad, with a stick, and he \”feared for his life\” and then he continued to harass the widow! Something in the water?

  8. 1morevictim says:

    There appears to be a business made out of neighbor hating newcomers in Fauquier County. Vicious in that it is only satisfied by personal destruction of the newcomer and theft of their property by means of lengthy, frivilous and manufactured lawsuits.

    Oasis Vinyard, Barrell Oak Winery, Kate Marterella (who lost her home because of neighbor hate and lawsuits, Martha Boneta.

    A new twist was Valerie Garvey (who had timber stolen from her land and had to go through years of litigation – to have the jury conclude that the neighbor took timber, and then to have the jury decision overturned by the Supreme Court – because \”any directly related legal costs\” don\’t include attorney fees – which the jury awarded).

    All of these individuals were sucked into the \”litigation vortex\” based on neighbors – and harassment, trespass, theft of property, intending to thwart their peaceful enjoyment of their property and demanding extortive legal fees in order to defend their property rights. $90,000; $150,000; $375,000; $395,000; over $500,000 – these quotes from papers or estimates of legal expenses for the above cases represents a pattern and practice of fraudulent and malicious lawsuits brought down on innocent landowners in their attempts to protect their land from intrusive neighbors, false reports to the courts, and manufactured lawsuits. Intending to take their land from them.

    If you had a neighbor turn psycho who used this scheme to force you into bankruptcy – could you afford to protect your property rights?

    Martha Boneta should get a medal for bringing the viciousness of the abuse of power that happened to her to the attention of the media. Let\’s hope someone takes action to stop the bias and abuse of property owners in Fauquier – and all American Counties.

    Department of Justice, Virginia Bar Association, American Bar ASsociation, FBI, Virginia Governor… is anyone paying attention to what is happening in Fauquier County to people like Martha Boneta and the others? How many others are out there who have experienced the extortive retribution because they simply bought land in this county?

    Add your name to the list – and contact the appropriate authorities – asking for an investigation.

    While the State gives funds to benefit new businesses, old time nepotism and favoritism poisons the well water for newcomers. Economic Development ties to local business enterprise – forms a local bias and prejudice that results in the personal destruction of newcomers who purchase properties believing that Fauquier County actually allows for Constitutional protections of land owners. Only if you are a 5th generation or other special interest.

    There is no ability for justice in a small town – such as Warrenton, where lawyers are allowed to use their family connections to derail \”honest dealings\” and \”fairness\” to all parties in court proceedings. It is a court where favoritism is shown through slick legal moves, denial of evidence,imposing unnecessary and expensive requirements on one party – while allowing the other party to get away with theft, lawyers abandoning their clients – or just plain setting them up for failure.

    The Department of Justice and Virginia Bar Association should look into the pattern and practice of the lawyers involved in these cases, and politicians should review giving grants to so-called \”economic development\” in Warrenton and the abuse of power by special interests. Why are tax dollars being spent to invite business to a County that simply extorts money by harassment from neighbors leading to expensive litigation – in which Fauquier County lawyers and the Court benefit?

  9. tony navarro

    i have to much to say about patricia D. thomas , it can help to Rhonda Sherwood

  10. tony navarro

    i have too much to say about patricia D. thomas , it can help to Rhonda Sherwood

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  13. Lance Van Winkle says:

    Those “Realtors” Brokers, Agents and Attorneys should have been disbarred and had their licenses to practice Real Estate Brokerage services pulled and the NAR should have booted them out.
    The violated not only the law but statutory and fiduciary duties to the public and went against the basic principles of our industry which at it’s core is private property rights.
    Good gawd.

  14. KWC Law says:

    Thank you for all the work you put in!


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