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I-Team: Controversy over sale of Hazleton home


HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Several would-be home buyers in Hazleton are asking “Where’s my money?”

They all say they gave cash down payments to the seller of a home months ago and haven’t been able to finalize a deal to obtain the home nor have they seen their money.

The I-Team first reported the story last week.

The home is located on East 14th Street. We know that at least two people gave cash deposits to the seller to buy the home. Another person says he gave the same seller -Luz Tejeda- a cash deposit for another home purchase in the city for a total of about $80,000.  

The I-Team met with one of the would-be buyers of the home at the Dominican House in Hazleton. The Dominican House helps members of the Dominican community resolve issues they might be facing.

They contacted the I-Team last week for help in trying to get answers for the would-be buyers. Thursday we spoke to Janet Pena-Ramos who says she put down $18,000 in January and wants her money returned.

But claims she keeps getting the run around from Luz Tejeda and Victor Perez. Pena-Ramos broke down into tears as she talks about the need to have the $18,000 returned to her.

Eyewitness News went to the home on East 14th Street and found Hazleton City Zoning officials inspecting the place. In fact one of the families who paid Tejeda $33,000 to purchase the home says she is about to close the deal.

She did not want to speak with the I-Team on camera. We spoke to Luz Tejeda on the phone. She insists that all of the people who have her cash down payments will get their money returned.

Mehalshick: “The bottom line Miss Tejeda you are working out the deal? They are getting their money back correct?”

Tejeda: “Yes.”

Mehalshick: “Why some people are asking why the confusion?”

Tejeda: “Well right now is taking care of people that’s what I’m doing.”

We pressed her one more time.

Mehalshick: “So they are getting the house and Janet is getting her money back?”

Tejeda: “Yes, yes. Thank you.”

The I-Team will be keeping an eye on the situation. Real estate experts advise anyone buying a home to speak with an attorney to avoid situations like this.

Andy Mehalshick Eyewitness News.

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