A Bayonne man was arrested and charged with theft by deception for subletting an apartment he didn’t own, according to the Bayonne Police Department.
Fils Kendamos, 41, was taken into custody on April 23 at 7:39 a.m. from his residence on West 19th Street after being identified as the actor of two counts of Theft by Deception reported on Feb. 10.
On that date, the two victims reported that they each paid Kendamos over $1,000 at different times to enter into a lease on an apartment Kendamos had advertised that he was subletting. When they attempted to call Kendamos to schedule a move-in date, they realized the number was to the landlord who had no knowledge of the subletting. Attempts to contact Kendamos were unsuccessful.
An investigation into the scam was conducted by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau leading to the arrest of Kendamos.
Rental assistance fraud
Meanwhile, a Bayonne woman was arrested and charged after trying to fraudulently obtain rental assistance on April 20. Diarye Nzaken was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and two counts of Forgery and Falsifying Records.
Nzaken was taken into custody at 3:39 p.m. at Police Headquarters after an investigation into a reported attempted fraud led to her being identified as the actor. On March 16, a representative of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation reported that a female, identified as Nzaken, inquired about assistance with her rent that was approximately $22,000 in arrears.
After producing the required lease documentation to confirm an active lease, it was apparent that the document had been fraudulently altered, and Nzaken was denied assistance. The investigation conducted by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau led to Nzaken being charged.
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