Kennewick man arrested in foreclosed home scam

Tri-City HeraldDecember 26, 2013 

— A Kennewick man has been arrested for fraudulently leasing foreclosed homes he advertised online to would-be renters.

Corey Javon Williams, who also goes by Corey Pugh, allegedly leased five homes to people that belonged to other individuals or mortgage companies, a release said.

And he had four other homes listed for rent on Craigslist, an online want ad site.

Kennewick police said Williams, 36, would break into homes in foreclosure, re-key the locks and present himself as the owner to renters.

He was arrested under suspicion of first-degree theft when police searched his home at 4619 W. Grand Ronde Ave. on Monday. The investigation is continuing.

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