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Former Super Bowl star arrested for Craig’s List rental fraud

Craig’s List, a great idea for bringing buyers and sellers of products and services together, has also become a magnet for criminals. Rental fraud, a crime in which homes are rented to tenant-victims by non-owners, has in particular become associated with Craig’s List.

In this case, a former NFL fullback and Super Bowl winner named James Hodgins has been arrested for his role in a scam stealing money from prospective renters by fraudulently renting out homes they do not own, according to police. Hodgins’ alleged partner in crime is Carlos Gomez, who was already arrested on suspicion of fraud, theft under false pretenses and burglary.

Victims have been calling in, forcing the District Attorney’s Office to hold off filing all of its charges until the investigation is complete. But according to Oakley police Detective Sean Eriksen “This is going to be pretty big.”

The victims were defrauded when they applied for rentals posted on Craig’s List by individuals using phony names and corporations designed to hide the criminals’ identities. They made cash deposits for the so-called rentals as well as first and last month’s rents. But the homes were vacant, either due to foreclosure or short sales, and according to police were broken into by James Hodgins and Carlos Gomez.

Read the full article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

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