An investigation led by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Clearwater Police Department, has identified Kervin Moreno as the perpetrator of an involved real estate scheme to defraud.
Moreno was arrested Friday in Wayne County, MI, and will face a charge of Organized Scheme to Defraud.
Agents found from April 2012 through June 2014, Moreno placed ads on Craigslist and other websites to advertise homes for sale or rent. But he neither owned the homes nor had authority to sell them. Moreno collected down payments or deposits on eight homes throughout Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties without providing anything of value. The monetary loss to victims is estimated at nearly $50,000.00.
The victims only became aware of the scam after moving into a home and receiving foreclosure notices or visits from lender representatives.
Moreno has several aliases, including Kervin Moreno Mojica, Kervin Moreno Mujica and Kevin M. Moreno.
He will be transported from Michigan to Pasco County to face charges. The Office of Statewide Prosecution will handle the case.