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Jailed home builders face lawsuit

As H. D. and Mary McCrum signed a slew of papers for Wysocki Corp. to build a home on their Spring Hill property, company officials slipped in an extra document, the McCrums say.

The document was a property deed that transferred the McCrums' $30,000 plot of land to notorious home builder William Wysocki, according to a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Hernando County Circuit Court.

H. D. McCrum, who scribbled his name on the deed, had no idea what he had signed, according to the complaint.

"They had their property fraudulently taken," said Daniel B. Merritt Jr., the Brooksville attorney representing the McCrums, who live near Oxford, England. "These folks were foreigners _ and very naive _ and they got taken."

Tuesday's lawsuit adds a new twist to the saga of William and Ann Wysocki, both of whom were arrested in January on charges including grand theft and racketeering. Prosecutors said the Wysockis misused about $1.5-million while operating Port Richey-based Wysocki Corp., which built homes around the Tampa Bay area.

The Wysockis are in jail in Pasco County, where they were held without bail. Their trial is scheduled for later this summer.