Two brothers are facing dozens of felony fraud and identity theft charges after they were arrested and accused of a rental scheme in Fremont involving high-end rental properties.
Fremont police say the brothers bilked at least 5 landlords of high-end properties out of $120,000 in unpaid rent and damages for the last three years, including 3 properties in the Cameron Hills area.
"Oh it was horrible. It was awful," said the daughter of one homeowner, who asked not to be identified.
She said when her mother got sick, she moved out of state and decided to rent her $2 million dollar home to 30-year-old Mohammed Said Qadir and his 42-year-old brother Habibullah Said Qadir.
She says their deposit and rent checks bounced right away and they ultimately lived rent-free for months while fighting an eviction.
"They knew exactly what to say. They're very convincing. They looked polished. Mind you we went through a property manager got tricked," said the homeowner's daughter.
Police say once the brothers finally moved, they pulled the same scam two streets over.
"They just used the process against the landlords in order to stay rent-free," said lead detective Amy Boyd with Fremont Police. "They could schmooze their way into anything but they created false documentation like false identification, false paychecks," said Boyd.
Once living in a home, police say the brothers took it further, taking advantage of the court system and eviction process.
"They would file motions and delay and delay and delay, sometimes allowing them to stay in these houses up to 10 months before they were actually able to be evicted," said Detective Boyd.
The brothers now face 45 felony fraud and ID theft charges between them.