GRETNA, La.— Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested Decker Randolph, the owner of Faithful Real Estate Properties, Wednesday on two additional counts of theft after a WWL-TV investigative report chronicled the struggles of two people who say Randolph owes them thousands of dollars.
Randolph was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on two counts of theft and was being held without bond Wednesday night.
Court records show Randolph failed to appear for trial in the case of one of the victims whose story was featured in the WWL-TV investigation.
In that case, New Orleans Police Officer Tomeka Anderson filed complaints with the Consumer Fraud Protection Division of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and a criminal complaint against Randolph saying he took
$11,000 from her to help her buy a home. But when the deal fell through, Anderson says in the police report that refused to return her money, even after her attorney sent him a demand letter.
With a couple of hits on her credit from unpaid medical bills when she was younger, Anderson says Randolph promised to not only help her buy a house, but improve her credit score.
“That's the number one goal as an adult is being able to provide a stable foundation for your children,” Anderson said.
She’s a hard-working, single mom to four daughters with four very different personalities. The family of five is currently living in a Hollygrove half-double.
Anderson thought she would be moving into a two-story home on the west bank a year and a half ago.
A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the new theft charges stem from two cases where Randolph allegedly took $800 from one person and $900 from another to sign them up for his program.
Col. John Fortunato said the victims reported to JPSO that Randolph stopped returning their phone calls when they demanded refunds.
WWL-TV caught up with Randolph for an interview about the allegations at a west bank coffee shop.
A WWL-TV producer reached out to Randolph to get more information about his no credit check home buyer program and he agreed to meet. During the interview, Randolph said:
“Please believe I'm no devil. I’ve made mistakes in the past. I'm learning from those mistakes, but I always reach my goals and I'm gonna live my dreams. And I'm sorry for what happened to these people that I was so into it, of course I am. Am I rectifying it? Of course I am,” Randolph said.
So, what about the dreams of the people who sign up for Randolph’s program?
“Mines right now is on the back burner. My goal is to help those people who can't help themselves,” he said.
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