Woman is charged in Blue Springs rental scam
11/05/2013 3:21 PM
11/05/2013 8:38 PM
Prosecutors have accused an Independence woman of deceitfully renting a Blue Springs residence six times and pocketing $9,650 in deposits.
They charged Amanda S. Paris, 44, with six counts of stealing by deceit, a felony.
According to court records, Paris advertised online a home for rent in the 1300 block of Northeast Quail Walk Drive and then met with six parties, allegedly renting the home to each of them.
Six times in recent weeks, individuals told Blue Springs police they had been bilked out of rental deposits or payments.
The individuals wrote checks, delivered money orders or handed over cash, usually in the amount of $1,200.
The home’s landlord told authorities that Paris had rented the residence from him in July and that her lease had included a provision that she was not allowed to sublease the home to anyone and that she would be the sole renter.
But in late September, the landlord received a phone call from a Quail Walk Drive resident saying that a family had arrived at the home and was preparing to move in Oct. 1.
The landlord said that Paris initially wrote him a $3,000 check for a deposit and the first month’s rent, but that it bounced. Paris later caught up on those payments by giving the landlord cash or a cashier’s check.
Paris was in custody on Tuesday. Prosecutors requested a cash bond of $25,000.
Authorities said that anyone else who gave rent fees or deposits to Paris should call Blue Springs Police Sgt. Joe Fanara at816-228-0153.
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