Friday, August 17, 2012

Albuquerque Cops, Feds 'Sting' Suspect Accused Of Hijacking Possession Of Vacant Homes In Foreclosure & Renting Them Out To Unwitting Renters

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal reports:

  • Stephen Jay Bonner, 43, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly entering homes that were vacant and in the process of foreclosure, then renting the houses as if they were his own, according to an Albuquerque Police Department news advisory.

    APD detectives and agents of the U.S. Secret Service conducted a joint operation in which a resident of one of the properties used an undercover officer to make a fraudulent rent payment to Bonner, according to APD Officer Robert Gibbs.

    The undercover officer observed the transaction, and Bonner was taken into custody without incident by uniformed officers from the Northwest Area Command in a traffic stop, the advisory said.

    Bonner allegedly admitted breaking into houses on three different occasions and committed fraud in the rental scam, according to Gibbs.

    He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center [...] and was being held on a $20,000 cash or surety bond, facing three counts of residential burglary and one count of fraud over $2,500 and under $20,000, according to online MDC records.

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