Monday, January 30, 2017

Tampa Bay-Area Man Faces Organized Scheme To Defraud Charge For Allegedly Using Craigslist To Illegally Peddle Vacant, Bank-Owned Foreclosed Homes For Rent, Sale; Cops: Suspect Collected Nearly $50K In Downpayments, Deposits On Eight Homes, Then Left Victims Holding The Bag

In Clearwater, Florida, The Associated Press reports:
  • Florida authorities said a man was arrested in Michigan for allegedly perpetrating a real estate scheme that defrauded victims of nearly $50,000.

    In a statement [last] Monday, Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Angela Starke said Kervin Moreno was arrested Friday [January 20] in Wayne County, Mich.

    Starke said Moreno will face a charge in Pasco County of organized scheme to defraud. Moreno allegedly posted ads online for homes for sale or rent from April 2012 through June 2014. Authorities say Moreno had no authority to sell or rent the properties.

    According to FDLE, Moreno collected down payments or deposits on eight homes throughout the Tampa Bay area. The victims only became aware of the scheme after receiving foreclosure notices or visits from lender representatives.

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