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7/19/06-Tyler

Tyler Business Could Owe In Excess Of $200,000

     Right now the manufactured home retailer, Pleasant Homes, in Tyler sits abandoned. Not much recourse for Mary Huhman, whose experience with Pleasant Homes has not been synonymous with its name. 

     "The air conditioner we still have problems with here and there," says the dissatisfied customer.

     Mary says she never got the extended warranty she paid more than $1000 for. To make matters worse, months after moving in she found out Pleasant Homes sold her a house that a lien on it from the bank!

      "You buy them in good faith and you trust them and they're not trustworthy," says Mary. 

      Diana Eason seconds that motion. She's still waiting on the refund from a $500 deposit she says she was promised from Pleasant Homes, after her deal fell through. 

      "I just started crying, I just broke down. $500 is a lot of money for me. It's a lot of work and it's a lot of money. I didn't know what to do," says Diana shaking her head. 

      Mary and Diana aren't the only ones, there are also contractors involved who say they never got paid. One contractor who didn't want to speak on camera says his losses are $70,000.  Another says his losses exceed $100,000. 

      "We were scammed, robbed and deceived," say Dan Kamstra, CEO of National Floor Plan out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His company supplies the homes to dealers.

      Kamstra believes some homes may have been sold that Pleasant Homes never paid his company for.

      "We do have some legal plans of action right now," says Kamstra. 

      Those legal troubles may get worse. Tyler police have confirmed they're investigating as many as a dozen cases against Pleasant Homes, where more than $200,000 are in question. For victims like Diana, the damage is still beyond repair. 

       "It's just hard to trust anybody after all of this," she says. Hopefully justice will fix a part of these victims' lives that have been turned upside down.

      An official with the Better Business Bureau says Pleasant Homes has not responded to the eight complaints the bureau has received. Our efforts to find the owner or former employees of Pleasant Homes were unsuccessful.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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