Mobile Home Fraud, Again.
A man from Gilchrist County says he was cheated out of 22,000 dollars and has been living out of a hotel for weeks because of it. The man hired a private contractor to find him a mobile home but gave him an empty bank account instead. This isn't the first time this agent is accused of cheating his customers.
In may of last year TV 20 reported a woman from lake city claimed she was ripped off by the same agent. She never saw her mobile home either and now others say they are falling into the same shady scenario.
Jeff Turner is on his sixth week of living out of hotels after he thought he bought a home.
Turner says, "they gave me excuses said it hadn't been torn down yet and then it would be delivered and then when I went up to Tallahassee and looked it hadn't even been broke down yet."
Turner says he wrote a 22,000 dollar check to Glen Williams, referred to him by a friend, and since the exchange, he says he's received nothing but excuses.
"it makes me feel very ignorant i mean i trusted a man to do what he said he would do."
Office manager at the Columbia County Building and Zoning Department, Laurie Hodson, says they were informed by the Department of Motor Vehicles that Williams' license was null and void as of June 8th.
Hodson says, "if he's doing something now no he does not have a permit."
His tax receipts for his business G and W Mobile Home Set Up expired September 30th last year and have not been renewed. Williams was out of town today, but we spoke with him on the phone, he said he had no idea his license had been revoked.
Williams said, "people come to me I don't go out and find people I can only guarantee you that if the trailers there and we buy it and something else happens to it I can only guarantee that I can give you your money back."
The woman we spoke with in May of 2010, Shereta Williams, did get her 7,500 dollars back, but as for turner, he filed a complaint with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Tuesday.
Turner says, "I hope he goes to jail I hope he loses his license I hope I get my 26,000 dollars back."
Glen Williams told me he plans to refund turner on Friday. According to Assistant State Attorney Jonah Farr, Williams faces racketeering and four counts of grand theft charges from January. Jury selection for that case is set for October 3rd. If convicted, Williams could face up to 50 years in prison. In the meantime, it may be business as usual for Glen Williams.
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