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LCSO Investigates Potential Fraud

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports that his office has completed a lengthy investigation from July and August 2020 of potential fraud, and will be submitted to both the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney, and Missouri Attorney General for consideration.
The Sheriff says the case involves one or more companies in other areas of Missouri allegedly selling junk homes to people online who have never seen the property.
Photos are shown which are do not depict the current condition of the home and money is paid by the buyer before viewing the home in person.  Once the person sees the home, they realize it is not livable.
Cox says this has involved at least 2 different out of state buyers for the same residence in rural Livingston County.  He said this issue appears to be taking advantage of people who have no ability to fight this in court.