Lynchburg Police arrest 27-year-old man in connection with short-term rental scam

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg Police Department has a man in custody in connection with a short-term rental scam.

Police say they received several calls over the past few weeks of a man trying to rent a property on short-term rental sites, along with advertising the property as his own rental on several sites.

According to an announcement from the department on Monday, Sept 20, Timothy Santiago, 27, of Lynchburg is now facing the following charges:

  • Six counts of forging, uttering, other writings
  • Three counts of false statements to obtain property or credit
  • Two counts of obtaining money or signature by false pretense
  • One count of attempting to utter false statements to obtain property or credit

Police say if you were a victim of this scam where you may have had your property rented by or rented a property of Santiago or JZ Enterprises, LLC, you are asked to contact Detective Davis at 434-455-6166.

If you have any other information, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-798-5900 or enter a tip online or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

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