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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Roth is not an easy guy to get hold of. He doesn't answer his door, return calls and speeds away in his car when you approach him on the street.
We're not the only ones who want answers from Roth, the owner of Precise Property Management.

"I haven't been able to get hold of anybody at Precise," said mom Nicole Ward.

Ward needs help and needs it fast after receiving an eviction notice that claims she's behind on the rent.

"It doesn't make sense," Ward told us after calling FOX 4 Problem Solvers for help.

Ward said she pays her rent every week in cash and has the receipts to prove it. They are all signed by an employee of Precise Property Management.

But unbeknownst to Nicole, Precise lost the management contract to her Kansas City rental home two months earlier, but still kept collecting the rent. After we told Nicole she was being scammed, she recorded an audio tape of two Precise Property Management employees hitting her up for rent yet again.

"If you don't want to pay, we'll tell the owner you guys are refusing to pay," the employee told Nicole.

Real Estate Investor Kim Stephens said she's another victim of Mark Roth and Precise Property Management. Stephens accused Roth of deceiving her out of more than $65,000.

Stephens, who lives in Denver, owns several properties in Kansas City, including a house on Benton Boulevard. She said she gave Roth $15,000 to make repairs on it seven months ago.

"He told me all he had left to do was the front porch," she said.

But when Stephens visited the property, she discovered that only a tiny fraction of the work had been done and Roth is no longer answering her phone calls.

So who is Mark Roth? He's a Kansas City real estate agent with a litany of lawsuits against him. Many of his victims live in a different state or a different country and have paid Roth to manage and renovate their rental properties.

A lawsuit from an investor in England claims Roth kept all the money he was given for renovations and never turned over rent money.

FOX 4 Problem Solvers tried multiple times to talk to Roth. He's been evicted from his former office on 63rd street in Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood and he's being sued for back rent on a home he used to live in located in Leawood, Kansas. We knocked on the door of his current home in south Kansas City, but no one ever answered the door or returned our calls.

All the cars at his home have dealer plates. The Missouri Department of Revenue said Roth is listed as an owner of Cleveland Auto Sales on Paseo Drive in Kansas City. But there is no car dealership at that address. It's only an empty building.

It's against the law to have dealer plates when you don't have a dealership, which is just one more thing we wanted to ask Mark Roth about. But he's not talking.

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