Alfonso J. Salazar, 62, was arrested on February 24, 2012, for fraudulently renting out numerous empty foreclosed (and/or unoccupied) homes in the California cities of Brentwood, Antioch, Walnut Creek, and Hercules, to unsuspecting victims. It is estimated that there are over 20 victims who fell prey to this fraudulent rental scheme.
In each instance, Salazar searched for empty foreclosed homes in Contra Costa County, California. He would post a note on the door claiming ownership unless someone objects. Locks were changed. Next, he would post an ad on Craigslist to rent the property. Thereafter, Salazar claimed the property was owned by ‘National Alliance of Homeowners for Justice.’ The innocent renters would receive a lease which claimed that ‘National Alliance of Homeowners for Justice‘ was the lessor.
The homes varied in value from $742,000 to $215,000 that Salazar and ‘National Alliance of Homeowners for Justice‘ fraudulently claimed ownership over.
By court order, a related bank account was frozen which contained over $35,000 of ill-gotten gains from unsuspecting rental victims.
Salazar formerly worked for Countrywide Mortgage, and he was a licensed real estate agent from 2007 thru 2011. The District Attorney charged Salazar with numerous counts of Grand Theft, Perjury, and Burglary. Bail is set at $180,000.
Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson announced the arrest.
District Attorney Mark A. Peterson stated “that this office will prosecute anyone who defrauds renters, homeowners, and banks in this type of organized criminal scheme. The innocent people who answer the Craigslist ads lose their rental money to these con artists who prey upon the unsuspecting.”
Alfonso J. Salazar is being prosecuted by the Real Estate Fraud Unit of Contra Costa County by Deputy District Attorney Ken W. McCormick. The criminal investigation was conducted by Walnut Creek Police Dept., Hercules Police Dept., Brentwood Police Dept., and the District Attorney Special Operations Unit.
If you feel that you are a victim of rental fraud by Alfonso J. Salazar and/or ‘National Alliance of Homeowners for Justice’, kindly contact Senior Inspector Darryl Holcombe at (925) 957-8762.