UNION, NJ – Union Police are continuing to investigate a rental scam involving an apartment in town and are looking for any additional victims of the scam.
Police received reports from several people who claimed they had given money to a man to reserve an apartment. The man took the deposits, but never allowed the prospective renters to move into the apartment.
Police have identified the suspect as Allan Betancourt. Police learned that Betancourt was involved in a similar scam in Linden. Detectives from Linden have charged Betancourt for his phony rental scam.
Union Police have signed complaints against Betancourt for theft by deception for six victims. Police say Betancourt was renting out property he was not authorized to rent. The property in question in Union was a previous rental home of Betancourt’s, from which he was evicted. He had access to the house and collected rental deposits from eight families to rent out the basement apartment.
Police report that in some cases the victims complained and Betancourt tried to return the deposit with a check, but the checks were not written from a valid bank account. The current total Betancourt has stolen is over $8,000, according to police.
Union Police are looking for additional victims. Anyone affected by this rental scam should contact Detective Bradley at 908-851-5080. Calls will be kept confidential.