Police: Brothers charged in Fremont rental scam
FREMONT — Two brothers who police say defrauded numerous landlords in a home rental scam, including lying about their backgrounds and not paying rent for months at a time, causing the landlords significant financial loss and damage to the properties, have been charged with more than 40 felony counts between them, authorities said Monday.
Habibullah Said Qadir (Fremont Police Department)
Both Mohammed Said Qadir, 30, and Habibullah Said Qadir, 42, are free on bail. They were charged and arrested in January.
Police said they began investigating the brothers in April 2017 after receiving information from a victimized landlord and found the suspected scams involving at least five landlords went back to 2015.
Police said the financial losses to the landlords was more than $120,000.
Police said after the brothers obtained leases for single-family houses in high-end neighborhoods in Fremont they failed to pay rent and forced the landlords to evict them while they remained in the properties rent-free for months at a time.
Police said with each landlord the brothers either alone or together, submitted false or counterfeited documentation regarding their true identities, employment and financial status in order to obtain the rentals. That included providing false names, Social Security numbers, California ID card numbers or other information that was false or belonged to other people not involved in the rentals, police said.
They also are suspected of altering their own IDs to provide false names and created false bank statements, paychecks, and credit reports to “represent an affluent financial status they did not really have,” police said in a news release.
Mohammad Said Qadir (Fremont Police Department)
The brothers used variations of their own names during the suspected frauds, making it difficult for the landlords to find the true information, police said. Some of the names used were Marc Mohammed, Mohammed Said, Sami Habib, and Habib …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business