Three charged in rent-to-own investigation

December 10, 2010 4:39:27 PM PST
Three people first identified in an ABC11 I-Team Troubleshooter investigation are now behind bars charged with residential mortgage fraud.

The trio led Saving Carolina - which offered people the dream of home ownership through a rent-to-own program.

One family interviewed by ABC11 a year ago said rent payments sent to Saving Carolina were not sent on to the mortgage company, and they were forced to move out when the company foreclosed.

Now, Douglas Scott Allen faces a total of 13 charges in Wake and Durham counties, including obtaining property by false pretences of over $100,000, and residential mortgage fraud. Renee Keiser faces the same charges both in Wake and Durham counties. Matthew Patrick Garrett already pled guilty to felony of residential mortgage fraud, and is awaiting sentencing.

Both Keiser and Allen are expected to be in a Wake County court next week.

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