Flip Or Flop star Tarek El Moussa suing accused swindler who had real estate license revoked over $35K deposit
Tarek El Moussa claims he was conned out of $35,000 in putting down a deposit on a home in his native Orange County, California.
The reality TV star of HGTV's Flip or Flop fame, according to TMZ, is suing a man named Mario Gonzalez and his company, MCR Realty, nearly four years after he wired Gonzalez $35,000 in the transaction.
Tarek, 36, said in court papers that he was wary of wiring Gonzalez the money in the April 2014 transaction, but went ahead with it anyway, the outlet reported.
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Headed to court: Tarek El Moussa, 36, says he was conned out of $35,000 in putting down a deposit on a home in his native Orange County, California from a man who was subsequently arrested in connection with grand theft
Tarek said that he reported the transaction to authorities after Gonzalez did not respond to messages for months.
Tarek said he subsequently learned that Gonzalez was arrested, as TMZ reported that he was taken into custody in connection with grand theft in December 2016 by officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
Gonzalez also lost a license he had as a realtor, according to the outlet.
Despite the legal headache, things have been on the upswing for Tarek, who recently acquired a farmhouse home in Costa Mesa, California, the city home to the luxurious mall South Coast Plaza.
Buyer's remorse: Tarek said in court docs that the man stopped contacting him after he deposited $35,000 for the home. The TV star was snapped in NYC in June of 2017
Impulsive buy: Tarek last week revealed that he picked up a Costa Mesa, California home after it caught his eye after he drove by it
The real estate professional took to Instagram to announce the acquisition of the home, and the spontaneous nature of his decision to buy. (The Blast reported that he spent $2.28 million on the abode.)
'I wasn't looking for a house nor was I looking in Costa Mesa,' he wrote. 'I was randomly driving down a street and saw this place and I knew it was the one!
'Within hours I was writing an offer and negotiating the deal...the lesson...if you want something go get it, go after it and never quit!
Tarek, who shares two children with wife Christina El Moussa, 34 - seven-year-old daughter Taylor and two-year-old son Brayden, added, 'Babies finally get a home with daddy!!!'
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