MIAMI, Florida. – A Hialeah couple face multiple fraud charges after police say they rented the same efficiency to more than one person.
Vivian Rodriguez and Yovany Serna are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from people who were simply looking to rent an apartment.
The couple live in a one-story property on West 60th Street in Hialeah.
Investigators say the pair made an online listing for a Secondary Efficacy Unit and unsuspecting victims responded to the Facebook Marketplace listing.
They were even able to tour the unit before handing out cash deposits ranging from $1,100 to $1,200.
On Monday, Rodriguez and Serna appeared before a judge after their arrest.
According to the police, when moving day arrived for those who would be tenants, they were given various excuses as to why the apartment was not ready.
At one point, the couple stopped responding to calls from victims.
It was only after potential tenants showed up at the house that they discovered they had been the victim of a rental scam.
Property records show that neither Rodriguez nor Serna actually own the one-story house.
No one answered the door of this house in question when Local 10 News visited on Monday, and the side efficiency unit is locked to the door.
Court records show the couple have been arrested for similar crimes in the past.
Bond was revoked for Rodriguez and Serna due to their previous charges. They are being held behind bars on 28 different charges with $56,000 bond.
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