Brampton man charged with rental fraud after 17 people allegedly scammed out of apartment deposits

Police allege the frauds have been happening since November.
Police allege the frauds have been happening since November. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Peel Regional Police say a 27-year-old Brampton man has been charged after 17 residents were allegedly defrauded of first and/or last month’s rent, and investigators believe there could be more victims.

Police said between November and this month, a man told the prospective tenants he was the landlord of apartment complexes on Steeles Avenue West.

After paying by cash or e-transfer, officers said the man would stop communicating with the victims.

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Investigators said the total amount of money lost as of Friday is approximately $16,000.

Police said Christopher Washington was arrested on Friday and charged with defrauding the public and possession of property obtained by crime. He was briefly held for a bail hearing and later released with conditions.

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Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-453-2121 ext. 3335 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.