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JENSEN BEACH, FL (WFLX) - New details are emerging about the Army Staff Sergeant being held in the killing of 16 villagers in Southern Afghanistan and his life in South Florida.
 
Proper Appraiser records show Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales once owned a penthouse condo in the Ocean View building in Jensen Beach at 9400 S. Ocean Drive.

Current Property Appraiser records show #1004 B was once owned by Bales, but it has been under the ownership of a different person since 2009.  Neighbors say nobody has lived in that condo since February.
 
The staff sergeant served multiple tours in the Middle East.  Records are showing Bales had been under financial strain.
 
Records show he had owned multiple houses in the U.S., including one in Doral in Miami-Dade County.  That is where he is listed as co-director of Spartan Investments Incorporated, an inactive company he directed with his brother, Mark Bales, and his friend NFL player Mark Edwards.  
 
Records show he owes $1.5 million from an arbitration ruling nearly a decade ago that found him guilty of securities fraud, according to the Associated Press. The ruling stemmed from a complaint by a Columbus, Ohio, man that Bales defrauded him and his wife while working as their stockbroker in 2003, It is unclear if that was in any way linked to his work in South Florida. 
  Bale's attorney is now saying his client remembers very little about the shootings in Afghanistan.  

He has a sketchy memory of events from before and after the killings but recalls very little or nothing of the time the military believes he went on a shooting spree through two Afghan villages, attorney John Henry Browne said Monday after meeting his client for the first time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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