CHARLES TOWN - A Jefferson County woman says she was promised her house would be sold and the proceeds would go toward building a new one, but instead her daughter stabbed her in the back.
Sigernia Carper of Ranson filed a lawsuit against her daughter and her husband, Diane and James Van Fillinger, Nov. 13 in Jefferson Circuit Court.
Carper says that her husband William died in March 2005, leaving her with their house. A few months later, the defendants asked that she move in with them while they sold her house, and the money from the sale would be used for the building of a new house that included a separate apartment in which Carper would live, according the complaint.
"The defendants failed to sell the real property and never commenced construction of the proposed residence," the complaint says.
Carper adds that the two rented out her old house with a rent-to-own option and kept the money for themselves. She charges her daughter and son-in-law with breach of contract, fraud, conversion and unjust enrichment.
"The plaintiff was not permitted to return to the Kearneysville property to which she still has the right of a life estate," the complaint says.
David Camilletti of Charles Town law firm Campbell, Miller and Zimmerman is representing Carper.
Judge Thomas Steptoe Jr. has been assigned the complaint.
Jefferson Circuit Court case number 06-C-378