COUNT on star Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband Austin Forsyth dodged the lawsuit and reached a settlement in his real estate fraud case.
Austin, 27, was sued in October 2019 for fraud and negligence after being accused of failing to obtain the proper permits for the septic system of a house he renovated and sold.
The Sun can exclusively reveal that the two sides “have reached a settlement” and called for the case to be closed on May 21, according to court documents.
An Arkansas judge dismissed the case.
As The Sun previously reported in court documents, shortly after moving into the $ 140,000 Arkansas home in June 2018, buyers noticed “an unmistakable foul smell of human waste emanating from their yard. “.
The buyers alleged that the conditions were “constant and unbearable” and “unsanitary and downright disgusting”.
The buyers also alleged that their dog “fell ill” after drinking “water” in the yard.
The applicants learned that the land was not suitable for the septic system that had been installed, they alleged.
With the current âmalfunctioningâ septic system, the right one would be âextremely expensiveâ.
Court documents have claimed that Washington County requires property sold with a septic system to receive a certificate or permit from the Washington County Department of Health prior to the sale.
The documents alleged: âNo such certificate or permit has been obtained by [Austin], despite the fact that [Austin] guaranteed that all work has been done with the appropriate permits.
They claimed Austin “falsely stated that all necessary permits were obtained for the work being done on the house and that they were carried out in accordance with code.”
They claimed that a new septic tank will cost over $ 20,000.
In the Counting on The star’s response to the lawsuit, he claimed he was “not required to obtain a license” and denied their allegations against him regarding “fraud and negligence”.
He asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit.
Then in February 2020, home buyers requested partial summary judgment for fraud, which means being compensated for any of the claims.
Austin responded by asking the court to dismiss their demand for payment.
An Arkansas judge sided with Austin and dismissed the buyer’s request for partial summary judgment on December 18, 2020.
As The Sun previously reported, the parties were prepares for a one-day jury trial scheduled for May 25.
The owners file a complaint Joy-Annaher husband provided the court with their witness list.
A die witnesses was Austin, since he was expected to appear and testify at trial.
Other witnesses include claimants and experts.
Evidence to be presented at trial included the real estate contract between Austin and the owners, the valuation of the septic tank, and more.
Joy-Anna’s husband buys, renovates and sells houses for a living, as he posts photos of his various flips on Instagram.
His career in construction was also featured on the family reality show Counting On.
Austin and Joy-Anna, 23, are parents of Gideon, 3, and Evelyn, 8 months.
The legal war ends as the legal troubles of Joy-Anna’s older brother Josh are just beginning.
Jim Bob and Michelle’s eldest Josh, 33 years old, was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in April.
Arrest linked to 2019 Homeland Security raid on Josh’s Now Closed Used Car Dealership in Springdale, Arkansas.
In November 2019, Homeland Security conducted an âongoing federal investigationâ on the ground.
According to the indictment, Josh “Knowingly received child pornography” between or around May 14, 2019 and on or around May 16, 2019.
For the second count, Josh “knowingly possessed material containing images of child pornography”, including “images of minors under the age of 12”.
If found guilty, he could receive 20 years in prison with fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count.
Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges upon his arraignment.
It was released from prison one week after his arrest and must be confined to his home until his trial in July 2020.
Josh is stay with Lacount and Maria Reber, who are Jim Bob’s church friends.
He is not be allowed to hang out with minors, including his siblings, nieces and nephews.
He has unlimited access to his six children with his pregnant woman Anna as long as she is present.
The Sun has exclusively reported that a neighbor saw Anna and their kids visiting Josh at the Reber’s.