Members of Abilene custom homebuilding family arrested for organized criminal activity
ABILENE, Texas - Three members of an Abilene family-owned custom home business are out of jail on bond, accused of charging couples for work that was never done.
Dudley Ronald Mason, Sr. 57, son Dudley Ronald Mason, Jr., 31, and daughter-in-law Dusti Leigh Mason, 39, were arrested Tuesday.
The family runs Mason Trendsetters, which has locations in Abilene, San Angelo, Midland and Gulfport, Mississippi. According to the company's website, they have built homes in several Abilene subdivisions, including Bella Vista Estates, Southwind Estates and Tuscany Trails.
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A Tom Green County grand jury indicted them in January on three counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.
According to the indictment, the Masons submitted three invoices between December 2014 and February 2015 to a San Angelo couple for work that was never done on the home they are having built. The couple gave Mason Trendsetters three cashier's checks totaling between $30,000 and $150,000.
The grand jury also indicted Dudley Mason, Sr. and Dusti Mason on two more counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. This time for a similar case involving a separate San Angelo couple between August 2015 and January 2016.
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