When the Nugents realized their home was contaminated, they said they filed an insurance claim with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Their claim was denied, they said, because of an exclusion for environmental pollution.
The company declined to comment on the Nugents’ policy or claim, citing client privacy.
The Nugents have now filed suit against Joshua Argue, his ex-wife Jelisa Argue, his real estate agent Lori Argue, who is also his mother, and her company, Carpenter Realtors. The Nugents are claiming breach of contract and fraud.
On the sellers’ disclosure statement, the "no" box is checked next to the question: “Have there been or are there any hazardous conditions on the property?”
“They knew that at the time we were bringing in an 8-month-old and two little girls, and sat there and just lied,” Chris Nugent said.
America Tonight was unable to reach any of the Argues, but Carpenter Realtors President David Caveness gave this statement:
“The agent was aware her son had a substance-abuse problem. Our agent has assured us she had absolutely no prior knowledge of her son's alleged manufacture of meth within the subject property. As she has stated to us, if she had known meth was being manufactured in the property, she would never have allowed her grandchildren to live in that home.”
State Police arrested Joshua Argue in February for an alleged role in a stolen car parts ring.
Held of Crisis Cleaning and Crawford of the Indiana State Police both recommend testing for meth before buying a home.
Held said once the decontamination is complete at the Nugents’ house and the walls primed with a special sealer and painted, the family will have nothing to worry about. The Nugents say they’re not sure if they’ll ever have peace of mind in the home.
Most of all, the Nugents say they’re hoping to avoid bankruptcy so they can put the ordeal behind them.
“I want my life back," Jenny Nugent said. "I want my kids’ life back.”