The defendant lives only five blocks from MW’s former house, and in 2010, he approached MW about purchasing the building. Perfectly aware of MW’s disabilities, the defendant promised money and clothes in exchange for the house, and he falsely claimed to have been friends with MW’s parents in order to gain his trust. The defendant promised to pay MW $5,000 for the house but only gave him $25 immediately after the signing. The defendant then renovated the home and sold it for $160,000, none of which went to MW. So far, he has not responded to our inquiries in the matter. The lawsuit asks that the Court order the defendant to reimburse MW for the original value of the house as well as some of the value on resale.
Fraud Against Person With Disabilities
The Law Center is representing MW, a Philadelphia man with intellectual disabilities who was deceived into selling his home for .05% of its market value – a grand total of $25. MW has intellectual disabilities, and his ability to read is extremely limited. His parents left the home to his brother, and after MW’s brother died the home deteriorated around him. He lived without electricity, heat, or water until he moved into a group home nearby.