Developer denies fraud; state says homebuyers lost $24M in depo...

The victim list looks like an international investors' directory. Buyers from Belgium, England, Scotland, Norway, Massachusetts and Florida make up the nearly 580 people who collectively lost $24 million in ... Read more
First Prev
of 11
Next Last
Truth in America

Orlando, FL

#1 Feb 5, 2008
It's sad to see this problem occurring year after year. In a Country that promotes the Image of the "American Dream", the reality is that it remains a Nightmare for many. The American consumer has little or no protection in the pursuit of the purchase of a Home, and yet No elected Leaders wish to change that. You as a consumer have more rights when purchasing a Toaster then you do in the purchase of a Home. The Building Industry continues to Lobby hard, at all levels of Government, so as to release them of the responsibilty they should bear. 10's of Thousands of average, hard-working Americans must bear the financial destruction these "Low-lifes" impose on them through their deceptive practices, with little re-course for recovery, and yet Congress sits , watches, and does nothing......and the "American Dream" remains unreachable for many.
Bill

Overland Park, KS

#2 Feb 5, 2008
Once again, greed runs amok. The principals of this company should be held accountable for the financial losses that they invested on the prospective homeowners. However, the article states that someone paid $180,000 as deposits for SIX homes. What did that person plan to do? Rent them to tourists at extortionate rates so as to turn a quick buck? C'mon now, six houses? Looks like there was more than enough greed to go around in this story.
Dave

Kissimmee, FL

#3 Feb 5, 2008
How, after stealing millions, are they out on such low bonds?
meto

Longwood, FL

#4 Feb 5, 2008
They are out because our judicial system is broke. We citizens our at the mercy of a corrupt goverment at every level who do nothing but let things like this happen time and time again. Remember Enron and some of the others who left peoples lives in shambles. The goverment got their pound of flesh but what about the person who lost their money? Nothing is about us,nothing. I'm so sorry these people are suffering because some slimeballs wanted a spa. Goodluck to all of you.Vote Romney
Sue

UK

#6 Feb 5, 2008
Unfortunatly Bill florida relies on the tourists for its main source of income generation and jobs for the residents. And the attitude of they get what they deserse only highlights the notion that you cannot trust anything or anyone in florida.

With the American economy in nose dive can Florida really afford its growing reputation as the rip off state. No investors, no tourists, no jobs.
shame on you weiker

Gijzegem, Belgium

#7 Feb 5, 2008
Weiker is a professional con-man ...
He had stolen millions $ from a lot of peoples this last 25 years.
We could not believe that he would escape from a long jail verdict !
DAVID

AOL

#8 Feb 5, 2008
What is the difference between these guys and Lou Perlman? nothing.

They should get the same treatment Lou is getting. BUT THE HOME BUILDERS HAVE THE STATE OF FL. IN THERE POCKET. AS ALWAYS MONEY AND POLITICS WILL ALWASY WIN. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
dave

Altamonte Springs, FL

#9 Feb 5, 2008
Sue is absolutely right. We depend so much on tourist dollars, yet we treat them like crap. The purpose of these homes was to be vacation homes, either for the owners or to be rented out by the owners on a weekly basis. This guy is a slimeball, but it isn't anything new in Florida. Look at the people who actually live here and put money into it, the state could care even less about them than they do about the part-timers. It is sad and disheartening, but it is the way it is in Florida and most of the country. Business rules, that is just how it works, sad but true.
Idiots

Casselberry, FL

#10 Feb 5, 2008
meto wrote:
We citizens our at the mercy of a corrupt goverment at every level who do nothing but let things like this happen time and time again.
Corrupt government at every level??? The investigation was properly done and they were arrested for the charges. If this government corruption at every level existed as you claim, there would never have been an investigation or arrest.

“Dare to be stupid!”

Since: Dec 06

Groveland, Florida

#12 Feb 5, 2008
Do not invest in a home that is planning to be built in Florida. It may never happen. Much safer and cost effective to buy a good existing home. Their are a ton on the market.
chuck

Saviese, Switzerland

#13 Feb 5, 2008
White collar crime seems to be legal with little or no punishment. A man robs a store of $12 dollars or a pack of cigeretes and gets life or shot and these theifs steal millions and only get a slap on the wrist. The law is a joke!!!!!! These theifs should be put away for life.
sunnydaze

Anthony, FL

#14 Feb 5, 2008
dave wrote:
Sue is absolutely right. We depend so much on tourist dollars, yet we treat them like crap. The purpose of these homes was to be vacation homes, either for the owners or to be rented out by the owners on a weekly basis. This guy is a slimeball, but it isn't anything new in Florida. Look at the people who actually live here and put money into it, the state could care even less about them than they do about the part-timers. It is sad and disheartening, but it is the way it is in Florida and most of the country. Business rules, that is just how it works, sad but true.
I wonder who was his LOBBYIST(s) or did they go as Florida Home Builders or some other "phrase"? Hummmm.
Ellen

Safety Harbor, FL

#15 Feb 5, 2008
What a slimeballl! This guy should do lots of time in the slammer and when he gets out, be made to work, with wages garnished, until he pays back what he stole.
Bob

AOL

#16 Feb 5, 2008
Once again, it's greed at its very best. A since of entitlement if you will. Well, lets now all pull together and retrieve thru the courts all that was obtained by these ill gotten gains. Put their asses in jail where they belong. NO high powered lawyers to get them off...put them in jail and let them ponder their fates.
NotTheFirst_Wont BeLast

Huntsville, AL

#17 Feb 5, 2008
Idiots wrote:
<quoted text>
Corrupt government at every level??? The investigation was properly done and they were arrested for the charges. If this government corruption at every level existed as you claim, there would never have been an investigation or arrest.
Yes, but at a certain point higher up, subtle hoodwinks occured and wrists were slapped. Then, the 'good ole' boys' were let loose once again... Don't you just love that 'free market'?
Huckabee Supporter

Orlando, FL

#20 Feb 5, 2008
caveat emptor. no sympathy.
Brevard_bob

Houston, TX

#21 Feb 5, 2008
If FDLE investigates housing and mortgage fraud in the Orlando area. Why is the Brevard County State Attorney so shy about investigating Land Developer fraud and Real Estate scams on the "Space Coast"...right under the nose of the indifferent editors at the Florida Today Newspaper.....
mosco

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#22 Feb 5, 2008
If the American economy self destructs, all of these people, whether private business or so called government servants that screwed over others will be dealt with by another law if justice is not served.
Fastone

Lake Mary, FL

#23 Feb 5, 2008
Obviously you are all missing the point. This is clearly George Bush's fault. I'm not sure how to connect him to it, but believe me (because I'm more educated than you) this is definitely his and his administrations fault. Clearly. Absolutely. Really.
darwin

Hilton Head Island, SC

#24 Feb 5, 2008
suckers always form a line....

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 11
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Casselberry Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Let's Chat (Jan '12) 2 min A duck 17,970
Inspiration Lane - Don't Quit (May '09) 9 min LizW 71,457
keep a word----drop a word (Feb '11) 13 min Princess Hey 17,483
News Barack Obama, our next President (Nov '08) 17 min NWaxman 1,205,510
News Once slow-moving threat, global warming speeds ... (Dec '08) 37 min Patriot AKA Bozo 52,233
News Missing 5-year-old Florida girl likely was abdu... (Feb '09) 1 hr zazz 96,984
Double Fun Word Game (Mar '11) 1 hr Red_Forman 12,262
Casselberry Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Casselberry People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]