Man Accused Of Selling Homes That Weren't His To Sell

Friday, April 18th 2008, 7:53 am
By: News On 6

An Oklahoma City man is in custody after selling homes that weren't his to sell.

News 9 reporter Amanda Taylor, who first broke the story, reports it generated so many tips; Oklahoma City Police were able to find the man.

Several Oklahoma City women say they want Michael Craft to pay for what he did to them. They say Craft took money from each of their families, money that was supposed to go for a down payment on a mobile home. But they say when their move-in dates came and went, they found the homes Craft was showing, were not his to sell.

And then Craft along with their money disappeared.

"He just left in the middle of the night," said Amanda.

But after the story first aired in Oklahoma City, tips starting coming in.

While Oklahoma City Police were making their case, the suspect was spotted. Del City Police picked him up and Craft was booked into the Oklahoma County jail for obtaining money under false pretenses.

Craft may never be able to sell a mobile home again, even legitimately. The state Used Motor Vehicle Commission got wind of what happened in this case. Steve Ross sits on the commission.

"I don't reward a man with a license unless he makes things right with the people he's deceived," said Steve Ross.

As for victims, they still need help. Anita and Cindy are both trying to build up their credit so they can buy a place to live. And Nicole is about to move in with a relative until she can save enough to make another down payment.

"Knowing that I'm never going to see my money again, it was nice at least he's going to go to jail and he's not going to be out here having a good time," said Nicole.

State officials remind Oklahomans that every legitimate mobile home salesman has to have a state license.

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