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Van Nuys Man Charged with Rental Fraud of Foreclosed Homes – Using the Bible

Victims of rental scams will be relieved to know that the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office is on the prowl for the criminal predators who steal from renters.

Van Nuys resident Bob Frierson, 42, is going to court to face six counts of forgery, six counts of recording a false document and residential burglary in connection with scamming renters in Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana.

According to Senior Investigator Ed Nyberg, Frierson posed as the landlord for vacant homes and signed “rental agreements” with prospective renters, collected the deposits and monthly rents until the banks foreclosed on the properties. The renters would then be surprised when they were presented with eviction notices by the banks. The property owners, usually investors who were not able to evict the renters in time, often lost their homes to foreclosure. Others resorted to filing bankruptcies.

Bob Frierson was arrested after being investigated by the San Bernardino District Attorney Investigators Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Unit. He will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Lance Cantos.

Read the original article in the Victorville Daily Press.

** Update on this post from the Press Enterprise **

Senior Investigator Ed Nyberg has revealed that the way Bob Frierson found his “rentals” was to drive around North Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville looking for vacant homes in foreclosure. He then forged grant deeds and presented them to the renters as “proof” that he lawfully owned the properties and could rent them. The twist, according to Nyberg, is that on seven of the fraudulent grant deeds he saw verses from the Bible inserted.

Said Nyberg: “I’ve never seen anything like that. This guy is just a con artist. I think he was using (the verses) as a lure.”

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