KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The pastor of a Kansas City church, a father-and-son business team, and their company are in trouble with the Missouri Attorney General’s office. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday, claims Tri-State Holdings and Bishop Tony Caldwell, pastor of a Kansas City church, ran a scam with a house-flipping business.
The Missouri Attorney General identified nearly two dozen people who purchased homes from Tri-State, but whose promised renovations went uncompleted. The lawsuit also says the company tried to evict people who didn’t pay on those homes. A temporary restraining order has blocked Tri-State from doing anything company-related.
The state says the majority of the victims are low-income. The average price of the homes the company offered for sale was in the $30,000-$40,000 range. The total losses shared by the listed complainants totals about $35,000.
FOX 4 spoke with Oderia McCallop, a woman in her early twenties, who sold her car to help meet Tri-State’s demands. The single mother now rides the bus to a community college where she’s learning to become a welder.
“When I gave up that $500, I felt good because I thought those people were giving me something I never had. Honesty will take you a long way but that didn’t happen,” she said.
Caldwell’s attorney says there was a hearing with the attorney general’s office last week. Caldwell told FOX 4, even though he’s being sued on the lawsuit, he’s actually a victim as well. The same people also faced the same allegations in a lawsuit filed by another victim last November.