Jury orders Missouri developer, minister to pay restitution

1 year 5 days 14 hours ago July 21, 2016 Jul 21, 2016 Thursday, July 21 2016 Thursday, July 21, 2016 4:02:05 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A real estate developer and a minister have been ordered to pay more than $122,000 in restitution in connection to a home flipping venture that targeted low-income Jackson County residents.

A civil lawsuit was filed by the Missouri attorney general's office on behalf of 50 homeowners who said they were victims of a program that promised to restore distressed inner-city residences.

The Kansas City Star reported that a jury found in favor of the homeowners Wednesday.

The attorney general's office argued that Tri-State Holdings-32 LLC, principal owner Brandon Miller and Rev. Tony Caldwell deceived low-income buyers with the promise of a home after making a down payment and monthly payments. Tri-State is accused of failing to pay back property taxes or complete major home repairs as promised.

Tri-State, Miller and Caldwell denied any wrongdoing.

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