Darlene Wheeler, accused by tenants of Gander rental scam, pleads guilty to fraud

A landlord accused of renting out space in a Gander home she didn't own has pleaded guilty to a series of fraud charges.

Matter returns to court in September for pre-sentencing report

Darlene Wheeler, pictured in a 2014 image from Facebook, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges. (Facebook)

A landlord accused of running a rental scam in Gander has pleaded guilty to a series of fraud charges.

Darlene Wheeler, 48, entered the pleas at provincial court in St. John's earlier this month.

According to court documents, she pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud under $5,000, in relation to offences that occurred in Gander in 2014.

As CBC Investigates reported three years ago, Wheeler left behind a trail of unhappy tenants and apartment hunters in the central Newfoundland town.

Tenants accused Wheeler of renting space in a home on Melville Place that she didn't actually own — something she acknowledged doing at the time.

The Melville Place home was at the centre of a rental scam in Gander back in 2014. Darlene Wheeler recently pleaded guilty to fraud. (CBC)

But Wheeler dismissed complaints from past tenants, insisting that a lot of their concerns were made up.

The RCMP laid charges soon after. Now, Wheeler has pleaded guilty to fraud.

According to court documents, one of the victims is a former tenant who spoke to CBC three years ago.

Wheeler also pleaded guilty to two other counts of fraud, for passing bad cheques in Bishop's Falls back in 2010.

Wheeler is due back in court in September for a pre-sentencing report.

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Rob Antle

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Rob Antle is producer for CBC's investigative unit in Newfoundland and Labrador.