Andrew Pestano

Miami Woman Accused in Fake Landlord Scam Faces New Charges

The suspect accused of posing as a landlord to scam people out of thousands of dollars through fake security deposits is facing more charges as additional victims came forward.

Julia Del Rosario is facing new charges of organized fraud of $20,000 or less and grand theft in the third degree.

Del Rosario was arrested in early May. Miami Police Department spokesperson Kenia Fallat then said Julia Del Rosario was able to play the role of landlord because she had access to the home as a tenant before she moved out.

In her alleged scheme, Del Rosario pretended to be a woman named Nancy Abreu who was the landlord in posts on the real estate website Zillow.

Sahimira Parra, one of Del Rosario's alleged victims, said she was scammed out of a $1,800 deposit.

Parra said she gave who she thought was the landlord cash and that she even received a receipt.

However, days before the agreed move-in date, all victims received a similar text message from Del Rosario's phone. The message said Abreu, the counterfeit landlord, was killed in a car accident the day before.

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