Woman, 19, charged with defrauding potential renters online
A Hamilton police cruiser is featured in this file photo. (Andrew Collins)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 12:05PM EDT
HAMILTON -- Police in Hamilton say a woman is facing charges after numerous people were allegedly defrauded in an online rental scam.
They say eight potential renters handed over deposits totalling more than $15,000 on the same residence.
It's alleged a woman and her boyfriend had rented a Hamilton home, and shortly after taking occupancy were preparing to be evicted for non-payment of rent.
Investigators allege the woman reposted the original Kijiji ad for the home, without the knowledge or permission of the landlord, for $1,600 per month in October 2017 and took deposits from potential renters.
A 19-year-old Grimsby, Ont., woman is charged with fraud over $5,000 and using a forged document.