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Man scams thousands in deposits for East Village apartments

Cops say that a man used multiple fraudulent Craigslist ads for two East Village apartments and cheat almost $22,000 from nine victims.

nypd apartment fraud Cops say that a man used the aliases David Horowitz and Michael Bryant to post multiple fraudulent Craigslist ads for two East Village apartments and cheat nearly $20,000 from nine victims.
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Cops are looking for a man suspected of conning nine women out of almost $22,000in apartment deposits in Manhattan.

Within the span of two weeks between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, the man offered the victims an East Village rental that he has no legitimate connection to.

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Each woman, who police said were mostly in their 20s, gave the alleged larceny suspect between $2,100 to $2,200 for apartments at 321 E. Sixth St. and 434 E. Ninth St.

Authorities said the suspect used the aliases David Horowitz and Michael Bryant, and pretended to be a rental agent on multiple Craigslist ads.

Police were unable to confirm whether or not the victims were able to access the apartments, but both addresses have pictures and information of the units publicly available on real estate websites.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the suspect to call the department’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS, or tosubmit tips online.

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