Extreme Makeover Home Edition : Scammed by Family

We have seen truly needy families helped by Ty Pennington and his design crew and volunteer builders, but in this case the family given a new home turned out to be scammers that were out to get a new home for nothing not to mention a secret they kept from the researchers trying to verify if they really needed a new home.

The Chuck and Terri Cerda home was more than the family could pay for, so they moved to Oregon from Las Vegas.

The reason that ABC had the home built in the first place was that their daughters Maggie and Molly both supposedly had to wear masks to avoid the germs in their old house before the new house was built.

Six doctors said the two girls were not in any medical jeopardy. Even worse Maggie and Molly were victims of medical child abuse.

The girls apparently had been trained to feign illness when being examined by doctors, yet were able to run and play when they had the chance.

It is good that the Cerda family was not able to make the payments on their new home given to them by ABC.

When they moved to Oregon, the Oregon health system saw through their chicanery and recognized they were using the children for monetary reasons.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has helped a lot of families, but the Cerda family’s story of having two daughters who had to wear masks to avoid germs, turned out to be a lie according to the following article.


Many other families who had houses built for them by ABC have had to give up their homes because they couldn’t afford the payments.

Sometimes when the families are shown their new home, someone will present them a check to pay off the mortgage for the family.

However, the families in this Wall Street Journal article, had to give up their homes and put them on the market. So when Ty Pennington says “welcome home” to the family moving into their new house,  it doesn’t mean the family always is able to live in the homes for many years to come.

ABC needs to be even more careful about who they give these new homes to, now that they know a family may only be pretending to actually need a new home.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition also needs to build smaller houses to keep the monthly payments down for the families.



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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