Saskatoon police seek alleged apartment scammer
Public warned about bogus rental scheme
Saskatoon police are seeking a suspect after 24 would-be apartment renters were allegedly scammed out of about $1,000 each, after responding to an online rental ad.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jason Hartlen.
According to the alleged victims, a man put up an apartment for rent on Kijiji. He claimed to be the landlord of a unit in the 800 block of Kingsmere Boulevard.
Police said that everything seemed normal, and so people paid the man about $1,000 each to cover a damage deposit. Police said that’s when things fell apart.
"We agreed to meet a few days later, which never actually ended up happening, he just kept coming up with excuses that he worked out of town and he'd be back in town late," said alleged victim Stephanie Berday.
The man has now disappeared, according to police.
Hartlen has been charged with multiple counts of fraud under $5,000.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.