A West Virginia man is suing a Crab House owner and her business after he says she didn’t pay his taxes and they’ve been evicted from his house.
Dylan L. Jones, 39, said he and his wife, Sarah, are trying to get their house back, but they don’t know how much money they’ll get.
They have lived in the house for seven years, but it’s been a long time since they’ve paid rent and utilities, Jones said.
Jones said his wife didn’t report her expenses for six months, which she said was to avoid getting evicted, and she had to pay more than $8,000 in property taxes in the past two years.
She said her husband didn’t get his taxes paid for months before the last tax bill was due, and that the CrabHouse owner hasn’t paid the $20 a month in rent she owes.
Sarah Jones said Crabhouse, which sells crab and shrimp, isn’t a traditional crab house and the owner owes the Joneses about $824,000.
“It’s the biggest scam I’ve ever heard of,” Jones said, adding that he’s tried to file the case with the Department of Revenue, but the process has been delayed.
The Joneses live in a townhouse in the small town of Hagerstown, about 60 miles west of Charleston, which is about 35 miles from Charleston.
The house is located near the state capitol.
Hagerstown officials haven’t heard back from Jones or his wife about his lawsuit.
In an interview with the Charleston Gazette, the Crub House owner said she had been working hard to pay back taxes and had paid more than her share of the bills.
CrabHouse is a small, family-owned, family operated restaurant, according to its website.