Counting on star Austin Forsyth is officially in legal trouble. A couple who bought a house from Forsyth in 2018 are suing him for fraud after they found out he didn’t get the right permits to install a septic system. The couple claims that the septic system was not installed correctly and cost them more than $20,0000 when it broke. Although Forsyth may eventually adjust the bill for the damage, fans of Counting On wonder if his wife, Joy-Anna Duggar, was included in the lawsuit.
Austin Forsyth gets sued for fraud
In October, a couple filed a lawsuit in Washington County, Arkansas, in which they accused Forsyth of lying about permits he was supposedly given to install a septic tank. The two bought the house in June and noticed problems a few months later.
In the official lawsuit, plaintiffs say they found that their garden “had an unmistakably dirty smell of human waste,” which led them to have the tank inspected.
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According to In Touch Weekly, the official inspector concluded that the type of septic tank Austin Forsyth was not the right one for the property. To remedy the situation, the couple had to install a completely new system that cost them more than $20,000.
The lawsuit also revealed that Forsyth should have obtained a proper license from the health authorities before the house was sold. While Forsyth claims he got the right permit, plaintiffs say he didn’t get it.
What could the lawsuit cost Austin Forsyth?
After discovering the problem with the septic system, the owners of the house asked for the sale to be annulled in the light of Forsyth’s allegedly fraudulent behaviour. But when they tried to contact Austin Forsyth, they never heard anything in return.
The couple wants to cancel the purchase or make Austin pay Austin Forsyth to have the septic system repaired. They are also looking for unspecified punitive damages and want him to pay their legal fees.
We don’t know how much the two are claiming, but it looks like Austin Forsyth could end up paying thousands of dollars if he loses the case.
So what did Austin Forsyth say in response to the allegations that he knowingly committed fraud when he sold the house?
Austin Forsyth answers back
Austin Forsyth and his lawyers responded back to a call for trial a few weeks ago. The Counting On-ster denied the allegations in the trial and argued that he was not required to obtain a permit before selling the house.
Austin Forsyth also stated that he did not tell the couple that he had received all the necessary permits and that all updates were completed by the book.
Fortunately, Duggar’s name wasn’t mentioned in the lawsuit, so it looks like her family isn’t being dragged into it. That’s absolutely a good thing considering all the dramas they’ve had to deal with over the past few weeks.
As fans will remember, reports surfaced last week that officers of the Department of Homeland Security had robbed Josh Duggar’s company. The Duggars have since denied that the robbery took place and it remains unclear why they would attack them anyway.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth skip Thanksgiving with her family
While we wait to see how the trial unfolds, Duggar and Forsyth skipped her family’s big Thanksgiving dinner this year. Members of the Duggar clan usually gather during the holidays at the home of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and enjoy the festivities as one happy family.
But this year, Duggar and Forsyth travelled to Texas for a change to enjoy Thanksgiving with his family.
Last week, Duggar went to Instagram to confirm their Thanksgiving plans and posted a cute picture of Forsyth and their son, Gideon, as they drove to Texas.