Man gets 120 days in jail for Craislist rental scam
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail for conducting a rental scam.
Tope Onosohare Jelugbo posed as a female college student, posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a room to rent, and forged checks.
He pleaded no contest last month in Kern County court to two felony counts of forgery. Four other charges were dropped.
A woman responded to Jelugbo's ad, thinking she was renting a room to a needy student from California State University, Bakersfield. But, she told Eyewitness News that she lost thousands of dollars in this scam.
According to the investigation reports, Jelugbo was suspected in a string of bad check and rental scams across the country. CSUB police started investigating in February.
In California, campus officers had investigated bad checks in West Covina, Chico and Hisperia. They got reports from Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla. The also got reports from San Marcos, Texas, and Las Vegas.
The scams seemed similar, with a prospective foreign student asking to rent a room, and then sending a large check and asking for excess funds to be sent back. The bogus checks were sent with a letter from the "International Labour Organization," saying the "student" was getting a grant under the "Global Jobs Pack."