Couple who sold sinkhole home must take it back; victims aren’t satisfied

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SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – Glenn and Kathryn Jasen, both convicted of federal charges after hiding a massive sinkhole from home buyers, will now pay another price.

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Under a restitution agreement, the couple must take back the sinking Spring Hill home they sold to an unsuspecting family with five children. They also must pay off that family’s mortgage on the home and fork over $15,000 to cover some of the victim’s expenses.

Those victims, Thomas Jaje and Kelly Magbee, are thrilled that soon they may finally get rid of the house they had to vacate nearly a year ago. But they are less than happy about the $15,000 the Jasens will be required to send them. Jaje says it covers only about half of what they had to pay as a result of the fraud. They say they had to pay double mortgage and rent, along with childcare payments, when they had to return to work so they could afford rent somewhere else.

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“I know they had to pay a lot more in fines to the court and attorney fees than they are paying to us, the victims who suffered,” Jaje said. “That does not seem right.”

What does seem right though is that the Jasens will have to deal with the sinkhole house they thought they got rid of years ago.

That house appears to be sinking again. The ground around the side of the house, near the documented hole, is sinking and that part of the house foundation is now above the ground.

“It’s actually very scary,” Kelly Magee said. “We would have never bought this house like this.”

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