Nova Scotia couple charged with fraud after same barn sold twice
Alleged victim says she paid $4,000 and is now 'left with nothing'
A Nova Scotia couple have been charged with fraud under $5,000 after allegedly selling the same barn to two different buyers.
Martin Kaelble and his wife Lori Bledin are scheduled to make their first appearance in Shubenacadie provincial court on Dec. 5.
Victoria Newman-Jones first saw an online ad for the barn in March. She paid $4,500 for it, and had it transported to her property, where it remains today.
Around the same time that Newman-Jones purchased the barn, Mary Jewers saw an ad for the same building on Kijiji.
Jewers said she paid Kaelble $4,000 to dismantle it and transport it to her property in Ellershouse for reassembly. She said she was unaware it had already been sold to Newman-Jones.
Jewers said she never got the barn and never got her money back.
'Left with nothing'
"I'm very happy that they've finally been charged," Jewers said.
"I was fearful that that wouldn't even happen," she said. "But now at least they'll go through some minimal inconvenience of having to appear in court and explain why they've done what they done."
Not only did Jewers lose the $4,000, she said she and her husband both took a week off work to excavate the property to prepare it for the barn.
"We put a lot of work, time and energy into getting the site prepared and we were just left with nothing," she said.
Jewers said she called Kaelbe multiple times to try and get her money back. She also called the RCMP.
'Little faith' money will be returned
CBC was unable to reach Kaelble for comment.
Jewers said she and her husband plan to be in court on Dec. 5 to see if Kaelble and Bledin make an appearance, but "I have very little faith that we'll see any money returned to us."
In the meantime, Newman-Jones gets to keep the barn.
With files from CBC's Information Morning