More frustration with Tulsa County auction


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Updated: 7/11/2013 9:52 am Published: 7/10/2013 9:57 pm


More frustration with Tulsa County auction items

There is a common thread among three strangers: No one is happy.

"My beef is, I went to the auction," said Stan Marshall.

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

FOX23 has fielded three complaints in as many days.

"He said it was bull and he couldn't believe it," said Phyllis Boling.

That's the conversation Boling had with her husband while looking at their new property. They won it at the Tulsa County auction, just like the other two buyers FOX23 talked to.

Just like both of them, the house she thought she bought, was gone.

"I said we have the wrong address," said Boling.

Boling was in the right spot.

"An empty lot with big trees in the back and trees about 8 feet," said Boling.

The house had had been demolished. The same thing happened to Williams.

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

Marshall spent $1,100 at the same auction.

"I'm sick of seeing homes knocked down," said Marshall.

FOX23 turned to the County Treasurer's office for answers. We asked who's at fault here.

"You know, I don't think it's my place to portion blame," said Chief Deputy Steve Blue.

Blue said folks should look property over before bidding. Marshall did, two days before the auction.

"I came back two days later and the City of Tulsa had knocked the house down," said Marshall.

"All sales are final," said Blue.

"Say what," said Williams.

Williams is out nearly $4,000. Boling fell deeper in debt.

She said the county is charging her for demolishing that house she wanted. Boling said she owes $5,000.


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