MAGNOLIA, Del. (CBS) – A Delaware woman has been arrested for allegedly posing as a realtor on Craigslist and renting out foreclosed homes.
The investigation began back in October when a male victim reportedly contacted police about someone living in his home on Mayapple Lane in Magnolia.
The home was under foreclosure and the victim had been out of it since August when a relative informed him a person was living there.
When police contacted the current inhabitants of the home, those people informed police that the house was put on Craigslist as a rental and they’d been shown the property back in September by a female realtor.
Shortly thereafter, the couple signed rental paperwork, completed monetary transactions with the female and moved in.
Detectives then learned it was not the first time that type of crime had occurred in the area.
Back in Sept. 2014, a female occupant of a residence on Quails Nest Drive in Dover was shown that home as well as another near Sorghum Mill Road by a female who posed as a realtor.
Once the woman moved into the Quails Nest home and paid $3,500 for the first month’s rent and a security deposit, the actual homeowners of the residence tried to move back in and reported she was living there to police.
A similar incident in Sussex County was also reported back in early October.
On Monday, Dec. 1, police arrested 45-year-old Kellie Hodge-Grier, of Felton, and charged her with five counts of Burglary 2nd, one count of Attempted Burglary 2nd, six counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, three counts of Theft over $1500, one count of Attempted Theft over $1500, eight counts of Forgery 2nd, six counts of Theft under $1500, six counts of Criminal Impersonation
Anyone with information or who may have fallen prey to the scam should call police.
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