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Elderly Couple Says Grandson Scammed Them Out of Their Home

Hank and Helen Kawecki had lived in the home for 56 years
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2016 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – An elderly California couple is being kicked out of their home of 56 years after they say they were scammed by their grandson, Fox 11 reports. Hank and Helen Kawecki say they agreed to give the deed to their Thousand Oaks home to their grandson, Chad Moore, on the condition he take care of them financially. Instead, they say he took out multiple loans on the home, didn't repay them, and then sold the house without telling them. "You wouldn't think that a grandson would do that to you," Helen tells KTLA. According to NBC Los Angeles, the sheriff's department is investigating, and the Kaweckis have sued Moore—who they say disappeared after they confronted him—for fraud. Regardless, the Kaweckis' time in their home appears to be nearly up.

While Moore's sale of the home was stopped, the house is still being foreclosed on, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the Kaweckis. They were supposed to be evicted this week until a judge granted them an extra 60 days to get out. But the Kaweckis aren't alone in their plight. The Ventura County Star reports neighbors are banding together to help them in any way they can. The Emersons, who only moved into the neighborhood 18 months ago, are helping with legal fees, offering to let the Kaweckis stay with them while they look for a new home, and even planning to buy the Kaweckis' home out of foreclosure to let them stay put. The GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $121,000 for the Kaweckis' legal fees and moving costs. (The internet came to the rescue of a Pearl Harbor vet scammed out of his life savings.)

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