In October, the house sold at auction for $304,500.
It resold in January for $625,000.
"They lied to us," he said of the sellers. "They said the house was really $500,000, but when I bought it, the papers said $625,000."
Gomez said someone else – he's not sure exactly who – paid the $125,000 down payment.
"I didn't pay any money down," Gomez said. "The man who sold it to me said, 'No money, no problem.' And later he told me I would get $30,000 for buying the house."
From an envelope containing his loan papers, Gomez produced a two-page document titled "Addendum to contract" signed by Praslin. The memo, mostly handwritten, said that if the purchase went through, Praslin would pay Gomez $30,000, cover the first three mortgage payments and throw in a 52-inch LCD television.