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LAS VEGAS -- More than four years ago, the I-Team exposed one man's attempt to take-over a house he didn't own. The investigation lead to criminal charges and Wednesday a judge gave that man an ultimatum: make restitution or go to prison.
The judge told Calvin Wynn he was deeply offended by his crime. On paper, it's a felony theft plea. But in practice, Wynn tried to take a house from a dead man, and he might've gotten away with it if not for alert neighbors.
Indecision plagued Wynn as he tries to dodge our camera inside district courtroom 16D. Predictable behavior from a man who's refused to accept responsibility for a crime he committed more than four years ago.
"Put your cameras away. I'm not saying anything on the camera," he said in July of 2006.
The I-Team met Wynn in 2006 outside of the house owned and occupied for more than 30 years by maintenance worker Morris Rozet. When a stranger showed up in place of the local curmudgeon with a construction crew, neighbors started asking questions.
"I was worried what happened to him and they said, 'We don't know anything about that. We're the new owners of the house,'" said neighbor Mike Larson.
Public records showed Rozet quit claimed his home to Wynn for $100,000 in January of 2006. Trouble is, Rozet died nearly a year before he supposedly signed the deed.
"If there's something strange about the paperwork, you're telling me I'm going to be out $200,000. That's what you're telling me," said Wynn in 2006.
Wynn claimed he negotiated the deal by phone, paid by wire transfer to people he never met. It was a house of cards to police, who accused Wynn of forging the deed to obtain a six figure loan against the property.
Wynn pleaded guilty to a single felony theft count earlier this year.
"Your honor, I intend to go ahead and resolve this situation as soon as possible. I do accept responsibility for it," he said.
Responsibility Wynn accepts for the second time. In 2007, to avoid a felony conviction, he agreed to reimburse the bank within two years. Now before Judge Doug Smith, his failure to pay comes with a prison sentence.
"I'm telling you if there's one violation, you're going to go to prison for 10 years," said Smith.
This time, Wynn leaves the courtroom, if not responsible, accountable.
He has five years under court-ordered supervision to repay the loan on Rozet's house or face relocation to less hospitable surroundings.
After his sentencing, Wynn seemed confident he can come up with the $90,000 he owes. He still insists he is the victim of some sort of scam he can't explain.
As far as the house, Rozet's estate sold it in 2008 for $275,000.
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