Warrant Issued For Phony Landlord

A phony landlord may soon find himself in a rent free cell.

A recent Fact Finders investigation helped police identify a suspect. Mike McKnight talked to the victim about the break in her case.

When the key didn't work Shannon Hulen still didn't realize she had opened herself up to a scam. Shannon says, "I still tried to give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he had given me the wrong key."

A suspected phony landlord used a bogus name on Craigslist but after Fact Finders exposed the scheme, Omaha police got a true identity, 36-year old Joseph Hellman.

Detective. Rick Belik says, " He’s got access to a house; he's got paperwork that looks like lease paperwork so you think it’s got to be legitimate. Of course that's why the gal gave him the money."

Shannon cashed a 13-hundred dollar cashiers check to pay rent and deposit. The suspect waited nearby to get the money. The suspected phony landlord took a suspicious step by not meeting Shannon at the house to turn over the keys. Instead drawing her to a store with a sob story. Shannon says, " That his wife's sister had passed away from a car accident and they had to hurry and get to st Louis."

Detective Belik obtained a felony warrant for the phony landlord.
Getting justice will help but Shannon says that won't give her kids a better place to live.
Shannon says, " I’m a single mom, I need that money."

If you know where to find Joseph Hellman, call officer Belik at 402-444-3415.

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