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Attorney General Schmitt Files Lawsuit Against Vinelanders Community Land Trust for Allegedly Deceiving Members of Charitable Fund

Jan 7, 2020, 14:12 PM by AG Schmitt
Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office has filed a lawsuit against Vinelanders Community Land Trust, Inc of Kansas City and its owner Alice Goodlow.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his Office has filed a lawsuit against Vinelanders Community Land Trust, Inc of Kansas City and its owner Alice Goodlow. 

The lawsuit alleges that Goodlow solicited charitable donations and membership fees from thousands of Missourians on the pretense that those funds would be pooled to provide homes to trust members.  

Further, Goodlow conditioned members’ ongoing eligibility to receive homes on additional payments for appliances and furnishings for the to-be-completed homes.  Investigations by the Missouri Attorney General revealed that Goodlow, after operating the trust for eight years, not only failed to ever provide a promised home but also never used any of the solicited funds toward that purpose. 

The suit, seeking restitution and a court-ordered injunction has been filed in Jackson County. The petition filed can be found here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/2019/state-of-mo-ex-rel-v-vinelanders-community-et-al-2016-cv00120(11412872-2).pdf?sfvrsn=3f2623a4_2

Missourians who believe they have been scammed by Goodlow, or Vinelanders Community Land Trust, Inc. should file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer Protection hotline at 800-392-8222 or submitting a complaint online at ago.mo.gov.

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