News: Flo Rida Jacked For $170,000 By Janky Couple

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 8:06AM

Written by Biz Jones

Miami rapper Flo Rida is reportedly $170,000 poorer after agreeing to terms with a Florida couple for a home he tried to purchase five years ago.

Details of the rapper's economic woe have started to scatter across the Internet.

Flo Rida got taken for a Rida -- at least according to new court docs -- the rapper claims he forked over $170,000 to purchase a house in the Sunshine State ... and the owners ran off with his money. Here's the story -- Flo claims he attempted to purchase the home from Florida couple Pierre and Marie Malette in 2009 ... but the deal never closed. Flo claims he handed over the money as a down payment, but the Malettes never signed over the house ... leaving Flo with no house and no money. (TMZ)

To make matters worse, the couple has filed for bankruptcy.

Sources close to Flo tell us he's not as upset about the house -- he wasn't going to live there ... it's more about the dough. The Malettes have since filed for bankruptcy ... and now Flo has filed a claim in their case, demanding his $170K. (TMZ)

Last summer, Flo saved thousands after a plaintiff's decision to file a suit via Facebook ultimately helped him avoid a hefty punishment.

Flo Rida has dodged paying roughly US$400,000 in damages to the organizers of an Australian music festival he failed to show up to. The artist, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, was a no-show at the Fat As Butter fest in 2011, for which he'd apparently been paid his performance fee up-front. Promoters of the show, Mothership Music, sued Dillard and his management, VIP Entertainment and Concepts, in the NSW District Court for breach of contract and damages totalling Australian $417,345 ($377,000). With their options to serve papers limited, at best, the organizers' legal team took the unusual step of filing a summons via Facebook -- on the order of Judge Judith Gibson. (Billboard)

The plaintiff's determination to serve Flo via Facebook was deemed an unsuitable approach.

After an initial ruling in the festival's favor, the artist challenged the decision in the NSW Court of Appeal. And on Tuesday, the appeal was upheld. The judges declared that Facebook wasn't an appropriate channel to serve, because there was no evidence that the artist was indeed connected to the social networking page. "The evidence did not establish, other than by mere assertion, that the Facebook page was in fact that of Flo Rida and did not prove that a posting on it was likely to come to his attention in a timely fashion," Justice Robert McFarlan said in his reasons for judgment. (Billboard)

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