Investor accuses Workman's Investment Enterprise of fraud in rental property contract

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 21, 2018

WHEELING – An investor alleges she was damaged into purchasing half of the share of a rental property because of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Peggy Rawlings filed a complaint Jan. 25 in Ohio Circuit Court against Workman's Investment Enterprise LLC and Williard Workman, individually and as officer of Workman's Investment Enterprise LLC, alleging breach of contract, fraud and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges Workman approached her in 2012 for the purpose of soliciting a business proposition. The suit states in April 2012, plaintiff purchased half of a property owned by Workman's Investments on Jacob Street in Wheeling for $27,000. The plaintiff alleges the contract also stated she had 50 percent ownership in the property and would pay only 50 percent of expenses.

The plaintiff alleges Workman fraudulently represented that he owned the Jacob Street property free of any mortgage or lien when the defendants owed a substantial mortgage on it.

The plaintiff holds Workman's Investment Enterprise LLC and Workman responsible because the defendants allegedly fraudulently represented that she had a 50 percent ownership on the property and that it was free of any mortgage, provided minimal effort to maintain the rental property and repeatedly demanded additional money to maintain the same without paying her any share from the profits.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, costs, attorney's fees and any further relief as the court may deem appropriate. She is represented by Dean E. Williams and Paul J. Harris of Harris Law Offices in Wheeling.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 18-C-31

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