Man Arrested for Property Scam

Allison Tussey —  October 26, 2011 — Leave a comment

Steven Patrick Nohrden, 36, Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested on two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses for a scam that involved taking over vacant homes he did not own and renting them out to unsuspecting individuals.  The true home owners eventually discovered that these individuals were living in their home without their consent.

The criminal complaint alleges that Nohrden operated a property rental scam in Las Vegas by identifying and gaining access to certain vacant homes in the Las Vegas area and – without the knowledge or consent of the true home owners ““ falsely claimed that he was authorized to rent those homes to unsuspecting renters. Relying upon Nohrden‘s alleged misrepresentations, individuals then moved into these homes and made rent payments to Nohrden. The true home owners eventually discovered that these individuals were living in their home without their consent, bringing the scam to light.

This case was investigated, and will be prosecuted, by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Fraud Unit & Mortgage Fraud Strike Force.

An arrest is not a determination of guilt or innocence, but is simply an allegation that a crime was committed. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 702-486-3132.

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced the arrest.

“Las Vegas has a large number of vacant properties which may be checked on infrequently, said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “It is this Office’s goal to ensure that these properties do not become targets for opportunistic scams which may harm the true owners of the property as well as the entire neighborhood.”

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