It's early summer, and Anthony "Tmor" Morris is proudly showing off the second floor of his completely gutted house in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvbesant neighborhood. "The parlor floor is going to be the first floor of my triplex," he explains. "We will keep the space as open as possible, with this being the dining area." In April 2002, Morris and his wife, BET's Thembisa Mshaka, closed on the house. "It was all manipulation, lies and backhanded dealing," Morris recalls. "We closed April Fool's and I felt like the fool." He'd been victimized by a HUD scam, where a mortgage broker, architect and contractor conspired to seell him a shoddily renovated house.

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