Three people were charged with defrauding thousands of dollars to Hispanic immigrants in Washington Heights agents posing as real estate, Manhattan prosecutors said.
Juan Valoy (35), Elizabeth Adrian Perez (30) and Ricardo Gonzalez (36) are suspected of carrying out an elaborate system of fraud apartments in the neighborhood, according to court documents.
Posing as realtors, defendants showed the victims apartment, according to them, were available for rent, and then charged up to $ 5,500 for alleged charges and the security deposit.
After taking the money, the defendants repeatedly delayed dates that people could be moved or ignored the calls of victims.
In some cases, the victims were in the apartments were already occupied as they prepared to move.
Defendants were settled charges of conspiracy to defraud in the first degree and grand larceny in the third and fourth grade in the Supreme Court of New York.
“Many scammers target their systems of fraud against immigrant communities,” said prosecutor Cyrus Vance. “I urge anyone who feels like a victim of a hotline call Immigrant Program my office (212-335-3600) scam Affairs. No matter their immigration status, “he added.