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Home purchase deal turns into 'house of horrors' for Phoenix woman

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Phoenix woman regrets a deal with her mortgage lender because the transaction never went through. Not only did she lose out on the home she wanted to buy, she also lost $6,700. That's money she's still trying to get back.

"It's a small home, a two-bedroom home, built in 1960. [It is the] perfect house for what I wanted," Dora Rupp said.   

Rupp wanted to buy a house. Before she found and made an offer on a home, she began searching for one on Facebook. 

"I placed an ad, and the company that contacted me was International Commercial Firm," Rupp said.  

International Commercial Firm is run by Harold Farjardo Tadic.

According to Rupp, that company with the fancy name showed her the house because it was in her price range. She liked it so much she made an offer. However, Rupp said she had to give Tadic money first.

"I had to pay $5,000 down in order for them to place an offer for the house that I selected," Rupp said.  

That was back in April. That was followed by more demands for more money.

"Harold Farjardo called me and asked me if I wanted to lower down my interest. I needed $1,000 more. Then he said, 'Since you went over, a little over, on the house that you selected, you need to come up with $725.' So I did that," Rupp said. 

That's a total of $6,725 that she gave Tadic. Rupp has never purchased a home before and thought this was the normal process. However, after giving Tadic all that money, she lost the house to another buyer. 

"The house that I was supposed to move in, it got sold, but it wasn't sold to them or to me," Rupp said.  

The house she wanted to buy actually was sold to another family, so Rupp asked for her money back. However, Tadic had other plans. Rupp said he asked to borrow $2,000 from her. 

"All this has turned out like - like a nightmare," Rupp said. 

3 On Your Side got involved and found Tadic. He has a long list of lawsuits filed against him in Maricopa County. We went looking for him at the business address that's on record with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

When we got there, International Commercial Firm was nowhere to be found. Tadic found out 3 On Your Side was looking for him and that we wanted to talk about Rupp's money. As a result, he left 3 On Your Side an after-hours voice mail, saying: "We're actually going to refund her money by next week."

Rupp said he's been saying that for months and the money never comes.

"It's July, August, September, [and]  I haven't received anything," she said. 

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