8 On Your Side goes to bat for veteran seeking refund from University Village

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — In Vietnam, Harold Carson flew radar-jamming missions to help prevent enemy missiles from hitting U.S. aircraft. Before he retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force, he piloted stratotankers out of MacDill Air Force Base. The KC-135 refueling aircraft helps keep the military in the skies.

After serving and defending his country for 28 years, Carson now serves as a caregiver to Sandra, his wife of 59 years. Last October, 86-year-old Harold and 82-year-old Sandra’s plan was to get a first floor unit at the University Village retirement community.

“To get on that waiting list required a deposit of $1,500,” said Harold. He paid the money in October. By December, Sandra’s health deteriorated rapidly.

“Subsequent to that time she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and contractions since, so she’s in a wheel chair. So we elected to stay here and I requested the refund,” he added.

According to Harold the continuing care retirement community kept promising him the refund, but didn’t deliver. His day as a caregiver to his wife is consuming, he didn’t have time for distractions. Each time Harold, contacted University Village he included a deadline.

“When the last deadline was up, I said, ‘O.K., it’s time to fish or cut bait, so I contacted you’,” explained Harold.

The ownership at University Village has been involved in a prolonged and costly legal battle with the state, making getting money out of them are real challenge. 8 On Your Side reached out to John Bartle, one of the principals in the new ownership. Bartle reached out to accounting.

“I was surprised when the bell rang and I looked out and there was a Fed-Ex letter on the ground,” said Harold.

The state estimates University Village owes clients, their estates and prospective clients $4 million dollars.

“I greatly appreciate your taking this little project on, cause it is small potatoes,” Harold stated. “I thank you very much.”

If you have something that you think should be investigated call our 8 On Your Side Helpline at 1 800-338-0808.


Watch tonight at 6, 8 On Your Side steps up for this veteran.

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