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Thu Nov 08 2012 12:19:00
Hamilton woman charged in Barton Street apartment scam
A Hamilton woman who police say posed as a landlord and took rent money for an apartment that wasn’t hers has been charged.
On November 1, a 25-year-old man answered an online ad for an apartment rental on Barton Street East.
He met with a woman acting as a property manager and handed over money for the first three months rent.
He returned later that night but could not get into the apartment with the keys she gave him.
A second woman also responded to the ad. The 29-year-old wasn’t able to see the apartment that day but also paid an undisclosed amount for the place.
When the man learned the apartment was not actually for rent on Nov. 3, he called police.
Officers arrested the woman at her home in Hamilton on Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m.
The 20-year-old is charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000.
The Hamilton Spectator