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‘That was all my savings’: 9 Valley families defrauded of thousands in Facebook real estate scam

Nine Valley families had been allegedly defrauded of thousands of {dollars} after they had been on the hunt for a brand new condominium. They all got here throughout a scam Facebook advert.

PHOENIX — One man is behind bars after police say he allegedly defrauded 9 families of thousands of {dollars} after they had been on the hunt for a brand new condominium.

Phoenix investigators say Christopher Stress was arrested on fraud and theft prices.

The alleged victims mentioned they all responded to a Facebook commercial for a $900 apartment at Morten Villas close to nineteenth Avenue and Northern Avenue. 

Four individuals mentioned they toured the place the identical day they noticed the posting, signed a lease, and even gave money for a deposit.

“That was all of my financial savings,” mentioned Brooke Hites, one of the alleged victims who mentioned she gave Stress $1,300 to carry the apartment.

Other families like Courtney Taylor and Kyle Johnson mentioned, in complete, they gave the suspect $2,000. Meanwhile, Clarissa Odell mentioned she additionally paid $1,800 when she signed as much as transfer into the apartment.

All that money, going in the direction of nothing. Police mentioned the 9 families all paid deposits on the identical apartment.

“We did search for public information of who was really on the apartment and it matched, the names matched,” Courtney Taylor mentioned.

She mentioned when Stress stored transferring again their move-in dates, that’s when the crimson flags began flying.

For Odell and Hites, they realized it was all a scam after they confirmed as much as ask about their move-in dates and located different individuals with their vehicles packed prepared to maneuver in.

All 4 of the victims 12 News spoke to mentioned they tried to get Stress to provide them again their deposit money, however declare he informed them no and violently threatened them.

“I [was] asking for the money again and he informed me that I’m not going to get my money again,” Odell said. “He tried to pull out a gun on my mom and brother who were there with me.”

Most of the alleged victims say that money they gave Stress was their life financial savings, so after they came upon the apartment was a fraud, they didn’t have a spot to go. 

For weeks, their vehicles turned their properties.

Odell, her husband, and youngsters are staying with household till they discover a everlasting place. 

Taylor and Johnson simply moved into a brand new condominium with their little one. Hites, however, continues to be calling her car house.

“I’m staying in my automotive,” Hites said. “I do have nights where I can bounce around between my friends and family, but there are times there is just not enough room, so my kids sleep with them and I in my car.”

As they all attempt to get again on their ft, a friendship has fashioned as they bond over what occurred to all of them.

“More and more people seem to show up, so it’s becoming more of a tragedy” mentioned Johnson.

The group of alleged victims mentioned they’ve discovered as much as 20 defrauded families.

The Phoenix Police Department mentioned Stress is barely being charged with defrauding 9 at present, however add the investigation is ongoing and extra prices haven’t been dominated out.

Authorities say if you happen to had been additionally a sufferer of this scam to achieve out to them.

As it’s unknown if the impacted families will get their money again, they’ve arrange a GoFundMe account to assist them rebuild their lives. They are all splitting the money.

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