March 15, 2017 | Daniellah Salario, owner of Assisting Hands Home Care
At first glance, it looked like a local contractor was doing a good deed for the elderly in under-served Chicago communities.
Mark Diamond would seek out aging African-American homeowners on Chicago’s West and South sides, and offer them the opportunity to fix up their homes through a free government program.
In reality, however, Diamond was signing them up for reverse mortgages and running off with the cash without doing zilch, according to WGN. Over the summer, a judge found Diamond guilty of scamming some 47 homeowners out of a total of $2.3 million.