HUD files race charge against agents who refused sale to woman

June 09, 1998
HUD filed discrimination charges Monday alleging that a Jefferson County developer refused to sell a house to an African-American couple in two all-white subdivisions.
     Leonard Riebold, an owner of C & R Construction & Development Co. and Home Construction Inc. in Imperial, allegedly told the couple's agent, Mary Reeves, that she should have known better than to have brought blacks to a "redneck area" in High Ridge, said officials of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
     In a prepared statement, Riebold denied the discrimination charges, saying he planned to challenge them. "It is not our practice to discriminate against any minority," he wrote.