Brampton Man Charged in Connection to Housing Frauds

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A Brampton man has been arrested and charged in relation to a fake landlord/apartment rental fraud.

Between November 2018 and May 2019, several victims paid money to a man who claimed to be the landlord of apartment complexes on Steeles Avenue West in Brampton. Victims were persuaded into paying first and/or last month's rent to the man by way of cash or e-transfer.  After the payment was given, the man ceased all contact with the victims.

On Friday, May 10, Christopher Washington, 27, of Brampton was arrested and charged with Defraud the Public and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was held for a bail hearing and later released with conditions. The total amount of defrauded stands at approximately $16,000.

Police believe additional victims may exist. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3335. 

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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