A Florida homeless man recently seized an opportunity to make some extra cash by renting out a vacant beach home to two different people before being arrested by police, reports The Sun-Sentinel.
27 year-old Eric Sisson had a stroke of genius when he decide to pursue a new entrepreneurial inspiration to start renting out a home. He toured the home, decided that it’d be a great rental and proceeded to list the home on craigslist. Sisson soon received a call about his rental and was well on his way to renting out the property. The only problem was that the property that he decided to rent out wasn’t his.
The homeless man from Ormond Beach, FL received an email and text message from a 19 year-old female who was interested in the property. Sisson told her to go ahead and tour the home as he would leave it unlocked for her since he couldn’t be there. Apparently liking the home, the 19 year-old met up with Sisson on June 25th and gave him $400 in cash. Eager to move in, the girl agreed to meet up the very next day to give the man another $550 in cash.
However, something didn’t seem right about the situation so the girl asked for her money back and wanted to get out of the deal. Sisson agreed to write her a check for a full refund. As the girl went to the bank to cash the check, she quickly found out that it was for a fraudulent account.
After finding out about the situation, the girl’s father went to the home only to find a 29 year-old girl there who had already paid Sisson the first installment towards the deposit. The father informed the girl of the situation and the two alerted the authorities.
This time when Sisson showed up the next day to collect his second installment he was met by deputies waiting to arrest him.
According to The Brevard Times, Sisson was charged with obtaining property by fraud, uttering a worthless check, three counts of unarmed burglary, and two counts of grand theft. Police also found an arrest warrant from Brevard County for failure to appear on driving with a suspended license and worthless check charges, and an arrest warrant from Indiana for forgery and grand theft.
Sisson later told deputies that he had scammed the women with intentions of finding his own home to live in.