‘Counting On’: Austin Forsyth Sued For Fraud! Is Joy-Anna Duggar Listed as a Defendant Too?
Counting On star Austin Forsyth is officially in some legal trouble. A couple that bought a house from Forsyth in 2018 is suing him for fraud after they discovered he did not get the right permits to install a septic system. The couple claims that the septic system was not properly installed and cost them over $20,0000 when it broke. While Forsyth may end up fitting the bill for the damages, Counting On fans are wondering if his wife, Joy-Anna Duggar, was included in the lawsuit.
Austin Forsyth gets sued for fraud
Back in October, a couple filed a lawsuit in Washington County, Arkansas, accusing Forsyth of lying about permits he supposedly got to install a septic tank. The two purchased the house in June and noticed issues a few months later.
In the official lawsuit, the plaintiffs say that they started to notice that their yard had an “unmistakable foul odor of human waste,” which prompted them to get the tank inspected.
According to In Touch Weekly, the official inspector concluded that the type of septic tank Austin Forsyth installed was not the correct one for the property. In order to remedy the situation, the couple needed to install a completely new system that cost them upwards of $20,000.
The lawsuit also revealed that Forsyth should have received a proper permit from the health department before selling the house. While Forsyth maintains that he did get the right permit, the plaintiffs say he did not.
What could the lawsuit cost Forsyth?
After discovering the issue with the septic system, the owners of the house requested to have the sale nullified in light of Forsyth’s reportedly fraudulent behavior. But when they tried to contact Forsyth, they never heard back.
The couple is looking to either rescind the purchase or have Austin Forsyth pay them to get the septic system fixed. They are also looking for unspecified punitive damages and want him to pay their court fees.
We do not know how much the two are seeking in damages, but it looks like Forsyth could end up paying thousands of dollars if he loses the case.
So what did Forsyth say in response to the allegations that he knowingly committed fraud when he sold the house?
Forsyth answers back
Forsyth and his lawyers answered back after receiving a summons for the lawsuit a few weeks ago. The Counting On star denied the allegations in the lawsuit and argued that he was not required to obtain a permit before selling the home.
Austin Forsyth also stated that he did not tell the couple that he received all the necessary permits and that all of the updates were completed by the book.
Fortunately, Duggar’s name was not mentioned in the lawsuit, so it looks like her family will not get dragged into this one. That is definitely a good thing considering all the drama they have faced in recent weeks.
As fans will recall, reports surfaced last week that officers with the Department of Homeland Security had raided Josh Duggar’s business. The Duggars have since denied that the raid took place and it remains unclear why they would target them anyway.
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth skip Thanksgiving with her family
While we wait to see how lawsuit unfolds, Duggar and Forsyth skipped out on her family’s big Thanksgiving dinner this year. Members of the Duggar clan usually gather at Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s house during the holiday and enjoy the festivities as one happy family.
But this year, Duggar and Forsyth traveled to Texas to enjoy Thanksgiving with his side of the family for a change.
Last week, Duggar took to Instagram to confirm their Thanksgiving plans and posted an adorable photo of Forsyth and their son, Gideon, as they drove to Texas.
Although many viewers were disappointed that Duggar was not going to make her family’s Thanksgiving, fans reacted positively to her post. Most of her followers wished her safe travels and others were happy that they spent the holiday with his family for a change.
Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar have not commented on the lawsuit.