Just about everyone has a brush with the law at some point in their lives. For most people, this is just a traffic ticket or something similarly minor, but sometimes, this contact results in arrest. Whether the charge is just a misdemeanor or a major felony, the first step should always be to get adequate defense, instead of relying upon public defense, which may or may not be sufficient for a given case.
A man was arrested in Ormond Beach for trying to rent a home he didn’t own to a couple, according to the police.
A neighbor saw a disabled couple moving into the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house and was sure something was wrong. He called the owner of the building who verified she had never rented the house to anyone.
The owner of the home, which is being foreclosed, called Ormond Beach police, who arranged to catch the false owner. When the man who claimed to be the landlord showed up to collect $700 in rent, along with a $1,200 cash deposit, police arrested him.
There had already been a $100 deposit paid to connect water, according to media sources, but the defrauded couple did not pay any more than that.
Investigators are looking into other jurisdictions to make sure the same kind of activity isn’t going on there, as well.
The fake landlord was taken to jail and charged with burglary and grand theft, both felonies. More charges may be added in the future.
You’re going to need good defense if you’ve been arrested on a criminal charge. We can help you at Katz & Phillips. Contact us right away so we can protect your rights and bring your case to its best possible resolution.