BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Bridgeport realtor, accused of stealing money from prospective home buyers, is facing charges.
A Hamden woman says she gave him a deposit for a new home and week's later, she's still homeless. Now she's calling on News 8 for help.
That woman is one of at least a half a dozen victims, according to police. People down on their luck, looking for homes and left with nothing.
"I've just been getting the run-around," said Bridget Jones.
Bridget Jones needs an apartment. So, she went to early real estate, for help. But before she picked a place to live...
"He said, I'll need a deposit and I only take cash," said Jones.
She gave him $1,650, $1,600 for the first month's rent and security and $50 for broker fee.
After weeks of searching, the realtor never found the right home for Bridget.
"So I told him, 'look Maurice, I just want my money back and I'll find something on my own.' And he's like, 'don't worry, Bridget, we're going to get you a place, we're going to get you a place," said Jones.
A promise he never delivered. Now, the realtor, 48-year-old Maurice Earley is charged with larceny, accused of taking thousands of dollars from customers.
"I feel numb, because that's the money I have to move with," said Jones.
News 8 went to Earley's Bridgeport office on Friday. Doors were locked and the lights were off inside.
Earley may not have been there Friday, but he was out with clients as recently as Thursday, trying to get more money out of them.
"Yesterday, I met up with him, I went to see an apartment in Stratford," said Arlene Candelari, a Bridgeport resident. "And then he asked if I had the security, and I said, I don't have the money right now."
She didn't lose any money, but for people that did it's a double blow. Cash lost and no home.
"I had a lady call me today to come look at an apartment, but I don't have the money so I don't know what I'm going to do," said Jones.
In a similar case, the realtor is also accused of taking money from a disabled woman, giving her keys to an apartment that already had people living in it.
That realtor, Maurice Earley, was released on bail. Still, if you believe you've been a victim of this realtor, give police a call.
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