Man upset with Tulsa County Auction

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Updated: 7/09/2013 9:02 am Published: 7/08/2013 10:25 pm

The great deal a Tulsa man got on a house at the recent county auction didn't look so great when he drove into the neighborhood to see the house he bought.

It turns out there was nothing to see.

"To me, it's like a bait and switch," said Jimmy Williams.

The Tulsa County Auction had plenty for sale. A picture on Tulsa County's website, last month enticed Williams to place a bid. He won, but in the end he lost.

"I just want my money back. That's all I want. I just want my money back," said Williams.

He gave nearly $4,000 for the property. Williams paid sight unseen. He depended on a picture he pulled up on his phone at the auction. Williams said he figured he could trust the county.

"Well the county is a very reputable source," said Pat Milton, Tulsa County Chief of Staff, in the Assessor's Office

Williams said he thought he'd bought a house. Instead he got a messy yard in North Tulsa.

Once they get your money they don't care," said Williams.

"You have to be careful when you buy property," said Milton.

The county said Williams should've read the web page more closely. Milton said if Williams had done that, he would've seen the disclaimer.

"Well, I'm not trying to say it's his fault. What I'm trying to say is he shouldn't have relied on our data. We don't do the tax sales," said Milton.

Milton told FOX23 that Williams should've checked the page daily, because things change.

When FOX23 asked Milton what it would take for Williams to get a refund, this is what he said.

"I don't think there's anything he can do," Milton.

"Wow, I do not believe this man," said Williams.

FOX23 found out, the county does visual inspections of properties, but only every four years. A new, more accurate picture of the area has been posted online.

The County Assessor's office urges you to look at property before placing a bid. They also told FOX23 that it's not their job to help anyone figure out how to buy property.

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