A Louisiana man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of mail fraud in an alleged scam aimed at Realtors who thought they were buying TV and internet advertising.
Prosecutors say Rex Alan Harris, 40, of Covington, La., defrauded hundreds of real estate agents nationwide. The agents paid thousands of dollars for advertising that was supposed to appear on major television outlets that reached the zip codes where the Realtors do business.
But the ads never materialized. Instead, Harris and his colleagues allegedly spent the money on New Orleans Saints season tickets as well as purchases through PayPal, Footlocker, Nike.com, and other sites.
In all, Harris and company allegedly blew through more than $2 million, according to the indictment.
Realtors who paid money to any of the following entities -- “Our Family First Realty,” “Better Realty Deals,” “Amazing Realty Deals,” “The Top Agent/Monolith Media Group,” “American Real Estate Idols” or “Agents by City” -- may be victims and are encouraged to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-800-225-5324.
Arraignment is scheduled for May 23 in U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania.