Rachel Bloom and her husband Dan Gregor are going to court.
Bloom and Gregor are suing Raul Menjivar, NFL analyst Matt Leinhart, and Brandon Hance for allegedly engaging in a fraudulent house-flipping scheme, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Documents filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court suggest Menjivar used “various fly-by-night” entities in their elaborate plan.
“Defendants’ scheme involves purchasing older residential properties, conducting sub-standard remodelling work (including concealing material defects in the properties through cosmetic fixes), providing incomplete and materially misleading disclosures to prospective buyers, and ultimately selling the properties to unwitting buyers who are left to discover Defendants’ fraud and shoddy remodelling years later, after the entity that sold the property is long since out of operation,” writes attorney Devin McRae in the complaint.
Bloom and Gregor are said to have been first-time homebuyers who fell for the scheme. They paid $1.3 million for the house in December 2015. They noticed “severe rot” last year that had been covered up with new drywall. Bloom and Gregor are said to have spent $500,000 on repairs.
They subsequently allegedly found “numerous substantial concealed defects” including earthquake retrofitting that is “completely inadequate and essentially cosmetic.” The couple is seeking compensatory damages of at least $500,000 plus punitive damages.