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I-Team: Nearly $90K in limbo for potential buyers of Hazleton home

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Hazleton City Police are speaking out Monday about an ongoing investigation into the sale of a city home.

The probe involves about $88,000 in cash deposits given to the seller of two properties in the city.

Three would-be buyers reached out to the I-Team through the Latino advocacy group, the Dominican House back in May. They all told similar stories… They allegedly gave cash deposits to the owner of the property on East 14th Street as well as another property in the city but have not seen their money nor have they signed a deal for the properties.

The owner, Luz Tejeda promised the prospective buyers and the I-Team she was working to close a deal and all of their money. Around $90,000 would be returned. That has yet to happen.

Tejeda has allegedly not returned the cash deposits nor has she finalized a sale agreement with those prospective buyers, despite promising to do so.

The I-Team spoke Monday with Hazleton Police Chief Brian Schoonmaker about the ongoing investigation.

“As of this moment our criminal detectives have criminal complaints ready to be filed but the hold up at this moment is we’re waiting for two of the victims to get back in contact with our detectives,” Schoonmaker explained.

We’ll have the latest on the police investigation and will speak with people who allege they are being ripped off tonight in an I-Team follow up on Eyewitness News.

If you have a problem that needs investigating, contact the I-Team.

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