FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A fundraiser is being held to help a group of people who are being forced from their homes and are alleged theft victims.
A local mother of two believes she missed out on buying her dream home, and she's not the only one. Several neighbors claim a man, Michael Lemay, collected more than $100,000 from them and they don't know if they'll ever see that money again. They only have a few weeks to find a new place to live before they are forced out of their current homes.
Lemay was arrested for theft after 11 News started looking into the claims.
The neighbors now have until Nov. 12 to leave their current home as the county gets set to demolish the mobile home park following severe flooding in September of 2013. The flooding was so bad the land alongside a creek is eroding putting the residents of the trailer park in more danger as each day passes.
About 25 mobile homes are impacted by the eroding land. Each household received an average of $22,000 to move through state and federal funds. Several of the residents claim they gave all that money and more of their personal money to Lemay. They say Lemay promised to help them purchase new homes.
Jenn Masterson with Keller Williams is stepping up to help these families move by holding a fundraiser in Fountain. The event is scheduled for Oct. 21 at Metcalfe Park from 1 to 6 p.m. The park is just south of where Fountain Mesa Road and Ohio Avenue meet. Masterson is hoping to hold a silent auction, costume contest and expects to have food trucks. She's hoping the public can help raise money so the families can move into new homes with the deadline to get out fast approaching.
If you would like to donate to help these families, or you're able to help out with the fundraising event, you can contact Masterson at 720-276-2597.