Fraud victim upset with Tenancy Board treatment
A Halifax man who was the victim of a fraud artist says he's now a victim of bureaucracy as he tries to recover some of the money he lost.
Bud Webster rented a house to Lesa George, who never ended up paying him rent.
He was just one of 15 victims who were defrauded by George, a 48-year-old Bedford woman who is currently serving a prison sentence for 35 fraud and forgery convictions.
"It's a waste of time, that's how I feel," Webster said Wednesday.
"I'd like it to be over and done with."
When George pleaded guilty to the charges, she agreed to repay Webster more than $2,600. There was also the matter of her belongings, which were still in the home that Webster rented out.
"I couldn't move the stuff for a while. I had to leave it in the house," he said.
"I had to make an application to the Tenancy Board to take possession of it, to dispose of it, to recover some of the money I lost."
Moving George's possessions to a storage locker cost Webster more than $1,000. Renting the locker has cost another $1,000.
He figures the items are worth about $3,000, at best.
The Tenancy Board has strict conditions for how Webster can dispose of the items — either a public sale or a public auction.
"Just telling me that I have to dispose of it in the way that legislation requires me to, which is going to cost me more money," Webster said.
"Already, I won't recover what I have in the loss from Lesa George defrauding me and me being responsible for her belongings."
Already burned once by George, Webster said he feels he's now being burned by the government agency.
"It's too lazy to say we don't have the legislation or this is the way we have to do it. It's just plain lazy," he said.
"This is a unique situation and somebody needs to think about it. Make other decisions and choices. I shouldn't be punished further for my lapse with Lesa George."