BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Boca Raton man has been arrested after he scammed several would-be renters into paying deposits for a home that wasn't his to rent, police said.
Daniel Fournier was arrested Wednesday on four counts of organized scheme to defraud.
Boca Raton police said they received calls from people who claimed they paid a security deposit only to be told that the house they agreed to rent was no longer available.
Police said Fournier was renting a room from an 81-year-old man on West Camino Real. While living there, Fournier listed the house for rent on Craigslist and entered into phony rental agreements with four people during a two-month period.
Fournier claimed the house belonged to his aunt and that it wouldn't be ready until she was in an assisted-living facility, police said.
He even duped his elderly landlord into signing the phony lease agreements, police said.
A police investigation revealed that he concocted similar scams in three cities in Massachusetts.
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