An East Hartford grandmother said her landlord took her money and ran, but after appearing on Eyewitness News recently, the victim’s story now has a happy ending.
For weeks, Magali Medina had tried just about everything to track down her landlord.
He disappeared and stopped answering her calls right after she gave him nearly $2,000 about one month ago for a bigger apartment in East Hartford.
“I was going crazy. I was stressed. I didn’t know what to do,” Medina said.
Howard Schwartz, of the Better Business Bureau, said real estate scams are common.
"This is a heartbreaker and the people it hits the hardest are the people that can least afford to have it happen,” he said.
Incredibly, less than five minutes after her story aired on Eyewitness News at 11 last Friday, Medina’s phone rang.
She said it was the landlord on the line, who apologized for the miscommunication.
After apologizing, Medina said the landlord agreed to give her all of her money back.
They met on Saturday afternoon and made things right.
“The first thing I said was ‘thank the Lord I got my money back.’ I was happy,” she said.
Now, she and her family of four still have to leave their small East Hartford apartment by the end of the month, but now they have enough money for a deposit on a new place.
“Now I feel calm, I feel good so now I’m packed, ready to go,” she said,
The landlord's identity was not released, as he was not charged with any crime and he returned the money to Medina.
“To the I-team and Eyewitness News...I really appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart, for the help that you guys did. You guys are awesome. You guys are my number one I-team,” Medina said.
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