SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — A Van Nuys man faced forgery and residential burglary charges Tuesday for allegedly posing as the landlord of foreclosed homes and collecting thousands of dollars from unsuspecting renters.
In early 2010, 42-year-old Bob Frierson identified vacant single-family homes in North Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville just prior to them being foreclosed upon or sold.READ MORE: Cold Weather Alert Issued For Lancaster Area
After allegedly filing fraudulent grant deeds against the properties using his name along with biblical passages, Frierson would seek unsuspecting renters and have them sign a rental agreement, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
After collecting the first and last month’s rental deposits, Frierson collected illegal rents until the banks foreclosed on the properties and evicted the unsuspecting renters.
“Most of the true homeowners ended up losing their homes to foreclosure, because they could not get the tenants out in time to sell it,” Nyberg said. “Others ended up filing for bankruptcy.”READ MORE: Police Offer Rewards For Information Leading To Arrests In Rash Of Jefferson Park Hit-And-Runs
On March 27, a felony arrest warrant was issued against Frierson, charging him with six counts of Recording a False Document, six counts of Forgery, and one count of Residential Burglary.
Frierson was subsequntly located and arrested during a surveillance in the City of Compton by San Bernardino County District Attorney Investigators assigned to the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Unit.
Frierson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. in San Bernardino Superior Court.MORE NEWS: Gov. Newsom Announces Multi-Agency Task Force To Crack Down On Rail Theft
Click here (PDF) to read the complaint filed by the District Attorney’s Office.