Press ReleaseThursday, September 23, 2021
Rental Fraud Suspect Arrested
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Turlock Police Detectives arrested Miguel Perez (aka Victor Quiroz), a 37 year old male from Ceres, for multiple rental property fraud scams posted on Facebook Marketplace.
In June 2021, the Turlock Police Department took two reports with similar circumstances involving Spanish speaking victims who found rental properties on Facebook Marketplace and then lost approximately $2,000 each due to fraud. The victims met with the listed contact person, later identified as Miguel Perez, gave him cash deposits and first month’s rent, and then were unable to locate or contact Perez to gain access to the listed properties that they thought they were going to move into.
Turlock Police Detective Frank Navarro was assigned to the case and discovered that Perez is also the suspect for additional similar fraud cases in San Joaquin and Monterey counties.
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Detectives located and arrested Perez in the 2600 block of Roeding Road in Ceres. He was booked in the Stanislaus County Jail and charged with two felony counts of theft by false pretenses, along with five additional outstanding warrants.
Detectives suspect that Perez might be responsible for additional unreported fraud crimes. Perez frequented Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County and Solano County and might have additional victims in these areas. Anyone with any information or any additional victims are encouraged to contact Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319.