Couple accused of rental fraud in San Jose

December 16, 2011 8:14:23 PM PST
A South Bay couple are in custody after being accused of rent fraud.

Timothy August and Monica Perretta are charged with multiple counts of theft by false pretenses and passing bad checks.

Police in San Jose say they swindled landlords out of tens of thousands of dollars in rental income by renting homes with no intention of paying rent and then stalling the eviction process as long as possible.

The couple is suspected of carrying out the fraud in at least six locations, resulting in a windfall of around $30,000 in unpaid rent.


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