Police in Ocala say a couple earned thousands of dollars by selling a home they did not own.
Garfield A. Waugh, 56, and Nicola Brown are both charged with grand theft of a person 65 years or older for accepting money for a home from which they had been evicted due to non-payment.
According to police, the alleged victim said she received medical care from Brown’s business, a natural healing company, when the topic of purchasing a home came up.
The victim said Brown told her to “move quickly as the home would sell fast.”
An arrest report said the victims were shown the house and began the process of purchasing it in January 2017. They met Brown at a Wells Fargo branch with a cashier’s check for $21,000 made payable to Brown and Waugh’s company.
The arrest report said several other payments were made, but the title was never delivered.
Brown’s attorney said the nearly $90,000 exchanged was part of a business deal, not a real estate deal.
“The evidence will show the checks the alleged victim wrote went into the business account and was for the purchase of the business Airs Global Inc, not a contract for sale of a house.”
Waugh is in the Marion County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Brown was arrested in December in Palm Beach County.