Calgary police arrest man believed to owe over $30,000 in rental fraud

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Calgary police have arrested a man believed to have bilked landlords out of more than $30,000.

Carlos Arnoldo Reyes-Rivas was taken into custody Saturday night after a tip from the public on where he was staying, police said Monday.

The case was brought to light last Thursday, when police said a man approached six landlords at different times over the course of a year and agreed to rent their properties.

Police said the man used someone else’s identity to pose as an engineer with a major oil company, and told the homeowners his company would take care of his rent once he moved in.

Once the man moved in, police said he would refuse to pay rent by claiming to have protection under the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act.

CPS said between April 2015 and April 2016, the man defrauded landlords out of $30,800.

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Reyes-Rivas, 46, of Calgary has been charged with five counts of identity theft, three counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of theft under $5,000. He is described as being 5-feet-7-inches tall, with a slim build, brown eyes and black hair.

Police said Monday the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crimestoppers.

With files from Erika Tucker

Editor’s note: This story was originally published June 2 and updated with Reyes-Rivas’ arrest June 6.

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