Turlock police arrest man in connection to multiple alleged rental fraud schemes
Photo: Miguel Perez | Turlock PD
A man has been arrested in connection to multiple alleged rental fraud scams, Turlock police say.
37-year-old Miguel Perez, who also goes by Victor Quiroz, is accused of committing multiple rental fraud scams through Facebook Market place. Investigators say that Perez would target Spanish-speaking people looking for homes, collect their cash deposits and first month’s rent, amounting to around $2,000 per victim, and then simply disappear.
The investigation began in June of this year, when two victims reported having been scammed by Perez. Turlock Police investigators believe Perez is also responsible for similar schemes in San Joaquin and Monterey counties.
Perez was located and arrested on Wednesday, September 22, and booked at the Stanislaus County jail on suspicion of theft by false pretenses, along with five outstanding warrants.
Because detectives suspect that Perez has other victims, they are encouraging anyone with information, or any other possible victims, related to the investigation to contact Detective Frank Navarro at 209-664-7319. Anonymous tips may also be left with Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.