CAMERON (August 15, 2013)-- Nina Kay Moore, 50, who's named in a warrant in an incident that cost a Cameron restaurant owner who thought he was making a down payment on a house $8,450, was indicted Wednesday in a similar case by a Bell County Grand Jury.
The indictment charging theft more than $12,500 but less than $20,000 was returned after prosecutors presented the grand jury with an affidavit that said a woman paid Moore $6,500 for property on Farm-to-Market 93.
Much like the scheme reported in Milam County, police said a woman posed as a Realtor who told prospective buyers she would help them make purchases of land or property but then would pocket down payments and earnest money.
The incident in Cameron involved a victim who was bilked in a scheme in which a woman who represented herself as the agent for a residence collected a down payment on the property, attempting to sell the home without the owner's knowledge, police said.
The investigation was expanding after additional victims came forward to report they were also scammed.
Two additional warrants were issued for Moore Wednesday stemming from cases in Cameron, police chief Randy Dixon said in a news release.
Hewitt police and the McLennan County Sheriff's Office have also received complaints and residents of the Georgetown-Austin area have called Cameron police to report they were victims as well, Dixon said.
Two new charges were filed in McLennan County after residents reported each they paid $8,000 as they tried to purchase what turned out to be the same mobile home in Gholson.
Investigators have documented the theft of a total of $17,210 to date, Dixon said and have contacted the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Police first learned of the scam on June 21, when a would-be homebuyer called to report that he was unable to reach Moore after he gave her an $8,450 down payment for a house off of West Main Street in Cameron, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The checks the buyer wrote had been cashed and Moore had signed them, the affidavit said.
The home's owner confirmed to police that Moore was his realtor, but said he didn't know there was a buyer interested in the property and said he hadn't received any money from Moore, the affidavit said.