Jury orders Missouri developer, minister to pay restitution
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.