OKLAHOMA CITY – Christopher Mitchell, the man News 4 has met several times for allegedly renting out and selling properties he no longer owned, has been charged with numerous felony counts, including embezzlement.
Mitchell is accused of selling properties out from underneath renters using his company LRG Properties prompting the United States Secret Service to step in.
Court documents reveal Mitchell would also agree to manage multiple properties across the metro and collect the rent.
The United States Secret Service says Mitchell would take the money and not return the checks to the owner of the properties spanning back to 2016.
KFOR first encountered Mitchell in April 2019, when Larry Johnson reached out to say the home he had recently purchased for $15,000 had a $23,000 mortgage attached to it that he was not made aware of at the time of purchase.
Just a few days after Johnson’s story aired, Mitchell paid the outstanding money in full.
“It was just tied to a couple other properties and this one got mixed in so I cleared it up,” Chris Mitchell said.
News 4 met Mitchell again in September 2019, when David Digiantomasso said his family rented a Bethany home that, unbeknownst to Digiantomasso, was in foreclosure from Mitchell.
David was then slapped with a court order for trespassing, forcing him to move out.
During all of it, David said Mitchell was MIA.
Mitchell ended up giving us a phone call while we were with David, claiming it was all a lie.
“Nobody made you move,” Chris Mitchell said. “Nobody made you move.”
“How do you keep saying nobody made me move?” Diagiantomasso said. “This man came to the house and said I had to get out with a court order.”
“Dave you voluntarily moved and you never spoke to me,” Mitchell said. “You know where my office is.”
Now, Mitchell has been charged with 4 counts of Embezzlement, 1 count of Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and 4 counts of Violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
Mitchell could face up to 30 years in prison.