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Phoenix police looking for suspect in mortgage fraud

PHOENIX — Authorities are searching for a man accused of defrauding at
least eight people out of down payments for homes in Phoenix.

Phoenix police said 31-year-old Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla allegedly has been
identifying himself as a real estate agent since June 2013 and giving guarantees
to people that he can get them into a home.

Gandarilla provided prospective buyers with addresses of vacant
homes and codes to lockboxes.

He then allegedly asked people to sign a contract to buy the home with a down
payment of between $1,500 and $11,500.

The victims eventually discovered Gandarilla wasn’t authorized to sell
the property. They couldn’t find him when they wanted to get their back.

Eight victims have been defrauded out of more than $45,000.


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