Toronto renters warned about bogus landlord in fraud investigation

Robert Charles Reid, 58, is seen is this Toronto Police handout.
Robert Charles Reid, 58, is seen in this Toronto Police handout.

BY KELLY ROCHE
A 58-year-old man is wanted in connection with a series of Toronto rental frauds.

Toronto police allege the man has been posing as a landlord to lease condo units across the city.
The suspect rents properties for “a very short period of time” – typically several days – then advertises the units on websites such as Craigslist.
After luring multiple potential tenants, the suspect collects deposits and disappear with their money by the time his rent ends, according to police.
The man uses his real name, in addition to the aliases Lee Walder and Brad Lawson, say police.
Robert Charles Reid, of no fixed address, has been identified as a suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to phone 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers 416-222-8477.
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