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News 4 Investigates: Disabled mom swindled out of home

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Adrienne Wilson is a fighter. 

She is a single disabled mother raising an 8 year old son. 

Wilson says she was paralyzed following a car accident four years ago.

In November Wilson found a Craigslist ad offering a modest home in Ferguson within her budget. 

Wilson says the landlord went by the name "Cathy Moore."

"She said are you available to move in. I told her as soon as possible," said Wilson.

After paying $1,100 to cover one month plus a security deposit Wilson and her son Derrell moved into the home on Superior Drive in Ferguson. 

Wilson says she was settling in when she received an unexpected knock on the door from a stranger. She now realizes the stranger represented the property management company that takes care of the house. 

"He said who do you rent from? I said Cathy Moore. He said I was instructed to change the locks," according to Wilson. 

According to a manager at Top Property Management the real owner lives out of state.   

The management company says the property is leased to a different individual through May of 2017, and that individual pays the rent with a Section 8 voucher. 

Although Top Property Management can't disclose the name of the tenant for privacy reasons, they do confirm the name "Cathy Moore" does not appear on the lease. 

It's unclear when the Section 8 voucher vacated the house. Wilson moved in at the beginning of November. 

News 4 reached out to St. Louis County Housing Authority director Susan Rollins. Rollins says the situation described is "fraud" and her agency will open an investigation. 

A manager with Top Property Management adds they are working with the real owner to see if Wilson and her son can stay in the house, but it will need some retrofitting to make it wheelchair accessible. 

News 4 is still working to track down the individual that took Wilson's money. 

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