BROWNSVILLE, Texas – December 2, 2011 –Forty-three customers of La Feria’s Park Girl Mobile Homes are asking a local court to step in and protect them from further damages after an alleged fraud has left some homeless or in fear of foreclosure.
Represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the customers claim that they entered into agreements with Park Girl Mobile Homes regarding the purchase of mobile homes. However, many of the clients never received their home, were never given the title to the property, or were provided with property that carried previous debts, including taxes and mortgage liens. The customers are asking the court to prevent the collection of future payments, foreclosure, and the shutting off of utilities until their legal concerns are addressed.
“These families came to us unclear and afraid of how this controversy would affect them,” said TRLA attorney Raul Noriega. “The legal issues go beyond holding people accountable for their actions. There are legal protections available for the victims too.”
Concerns regarding Park Girl Mobile Homes began in late October after many customers began to accuse the company of theft and fraud. Since the allegations arose, TRLA has spoken with more than sixty-five families who think they have been victimized by the company. Based on its interviews, TRLA estimates that Park Girl has received at least $590,374 in down payments from these families alone.
Added Noriega, “We have families who have nowhere to live or are in fear that they will lose their home because they trusted the wrong person. Their stories are devastating.”
Rio Grande Valley residents who believe they have been victimized by Park Girl are encouraged to contact Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 1-866-757-1570.
Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information on TRLA, visit www.trla.org.