Mobile Home Dealer Indicted

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A six-count indictment for theft has been handed down against the owner of a former manufactured homes dealership.

Albert Joseph Webb is accused of not delivering mobile homes to several area residents who had made down payments to his Belpre business to buy them.

"Mr. Webb had a mobile home business, and was taking money from the purchasers," said Prosecutor Michael Spahr, "and he never delivered on the sales contracts."

Kingdom Homes ceased operation several months after the sales are made. The indictments involve sales of manufactured homes made on six occasions during 2001.

One of those sales was made to Timothy Farr of Parkersburg.

"We've been actively perusing this through the Ohio Attorney General's Office," Farr told us, "and with his assistance, the indictments were pushed through."

Farr was one of the people who testified to the Grand Jury Wednesday. He says he eventually bought a new manufactured home through another local dealer.

In addition to the criminal charges, a federal civil suit is being sought against Fairmont Homes. Fairmont, an Indiana-based manufacturer, distributed homes to dealers such as Kingdom.