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Felton Woman Arrested after Scamming People into Renting Foreclosed Homes

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MAGNOLIA, Del. – Delaware State Police has arrested a 45-year-old Felton woman after they say she had posed as a realtor on Craigslist in order to rent homes to unsuspecting tenants.

Police say they began an investigation after being contacted by a male victim on October 24th, who said someone was living in his foreclosed home on Mayaplle Lane in Magnolia.

Troopers say they contacted the current inhabitants who said the house was advertised on Craigslist as a rental, and they had been shown the house by a female realtor. Soon after, police say the couple signed rental paperwork and paid rent to the suspect before moving into the home,

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit assumed the investigation and developed Kellie Hodge-Grier, 45 of Felton, as a suspect through interviews and photo line-ups. Hodge-Grier turned herself in on Monday, December 1st, to troopers and is charged with five counts of Burglary 2nd, one count of Attempted Burglary 2nd, six counts of Possession of Burglar Tools, three counts of Theft over $1500, one count of Attempted Theft over $1500, eight counts of Forgery 2nd, six counts of Theft under $1500, six counts of Criminal Impersonation.

Hodge-Grier was arraigned and released on $36,000.00 unsecured bond.

During their investigation, detectives discovered that the incident on Mayapple Lane was not the first instance of this scam.

Detectives say on a previous occasion in September 2014, a female occupant of a residence located on Quails Nest Drive in Dover was shown that home as well as another house near Sorghum Mill Road by a female who represented herself as a realtor. Once again, the female produced paperwork depicting a rental agreement and received $3,500.00 for the first month's rent as well as a security deposit which allowed the unsuspecting female victim to move into the Quails Nest dwelling. Detectives say within a week of the woman moving into the home, the actual homeowners of the residence were preparing to move back into the house after settling a previous foreclosure with the bank and contacted troopers about the female trespassing on the property.

Another incident in Sussex County was also reported in early October which occurred at a residence on Boblin Court in Millsboro involving the same situation. In this case, a real estate company that owns the house noticed the locks on the doors had been changed and notified state police of a female living there. She too had fallen prey to this female posing as a realtor where she signed documents and paid cash to move in.

Two other foreclosed locations in Kent County had also fallen victim to this scam.

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