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Covington man indicted in alleged $2 million real estate ad fraud scheme

F.B.I. & U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation leads to indictment (Source: FBI.gov) F.B.I. & U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation leads to indictment (Source: FBI.gov)
PITTSBURGH, PA (WVUE) -

A Covington man is accused of defrauding hundreds of real estate agents across the nation out of millions of dollars.  

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania charged Rex  Alan Harris, 40, in an 11 count fraud indictment. 

Prosecutors say Harris promised television and internet advertising to generate home sales. 

According to the indictment, the realtors paid thousands of dollars for advertising on major television networks that never happened. 

Instead, prosecutors say Harris and others spent more than $2 million on merchandise and even New Orleans Saints season tickets. 

Harris was arrested Tuesday, April 26 in Louisiana. Investigators say Harris went by a number of aliases, including Michael Harris, Rex Rogan and Rex Alan.

His arraignment is scheduled for May 23 in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

There could be additional victims. 

The FBI urges realtors who paid money to any of the following companies, "Our Family First Realty," "Better Realty Deals," "Amazing Realty Deals," "The Top Agent/Monolith Media Group," "American Real Estate Idols" or "Agents by City" to contact the  FBI hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI. 

An investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI lead to the indictment.

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