SAN ANTONIO- The FBI could soon be getting involved by looking at problems in two different neighborhoods. People in the Fairhaven neighborhood in Schertz have complained about alleged faulty foundations and in the Stablewood Farms neighborhood, people have complained about sink holes and cracks in their homes.
News 4 WOAI obtained a copy of a letter that was hand-delivered from Assistant U.S Attorney Bud Paulissen to the FBI. The letter, dated June 7, asks for the FBI to evaluate neighbors' complaints that their home builders "defrauded federal agencies." The complainants allege "that the land was know [sic] to the builders to be unsuitable at the time of the certifications." Paulissen also asks Special Agent Ozzie Alaniz to contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General to see if they will "participate in this inquiry."
An FBI spokesperson would not comment on the letter and would not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation.
A spokesperson for Fairhaven home builder Pulte Homes said:
"Pulte has not been contacted by either of these agencies, nor are we aware of any inquiry. Pulte has already completed repairs on several of the homes in the community and continues to resolve the remaining issues at Fairhaven."
A spokesperson for Stablewood Farms home builder D.R. Horton said:
"We have not seen the referenced letter, so we cannot comment specifically on it; however, D.R. Horton purchased the finished lots in Stablewood Farms from a developer over a decade after the waste water treatment plant closed. It is documented in the closing reports furnished by the developer...In response to questions in the summer of 2011 from a few concerned homeowners, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency initiated investigations. D.R. Horton assisted in those investigations by providing information we obtained from the developer and the owner of the treatment plant. Based on the investigation, both the TCEQ and the EPA advised D.R. Horton last year that they had closed their files on this matter with no recommendations or suggestions for any changes or remediation."