February 2008 -
Armando Montelongo, star of the A&E's "Flip This House" is facing felony theft charges in Austin, TX.
You've probably seen Armando Montelongo on the A&E series, "Flip This House." Montelongo,36, has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury on a theft of service charge.
Court records state the real estate developer and entrepreneur is accused of not paying a bill of over $4000 to an Austin-based property appraisal company for work done in 2005 and 2006.
According to an arrest affidavit, Montelongo hired Reliance Appraisal Services of Austin to perform several appraisals but never paid. The cost of those appraisals was $4,125, the affidavit said.
Theft of Service is a State Jail Felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars and a fine up to $10,000.
UPDATE on the Armando Montelongo Case January 2009
The case against Armando Montelongo has been dismissed according to his blog (http://www.armandomontelongo.com). Montelongo says the charges were B.S. He also says he plans to file a slander and Libel suit against the appraiser that tried to have him arrested on a theft of services charge.
Armando Montelongo isn't the only "Flip This House" star to see controversy. Season 2 Atlanta investor Sam Leccima was accused of fraud. He was claiming to buy the houses featured on the Flip This House show and renovate them when in truth, he never owned them. If ever repair works were done, it was done very cheaply. In the end, Leccima had to pay the price for his fraudulent acts. His license was revoked by the Georgia Real Estate Commission in 2005. A&E has responded too by pulling out reruns of episodes featuring Leccima. The original house flipper, Richard C. Davis (Trademark Properties) sued A&E in July 2006 for failing to pay the latter of what should have been due them. Trademark Properties was the original producer of the popular TV show "Flip This House" aired over A&E.
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See also Richard Davis vs. Armando Montelongo
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