10 May 2024

Charges laid over 2018 alleged rental scam which netted more than $65,000

| Claire Fenwicke
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Kenric Yeung was formally charged in the ACT Magistrate’s Court on Friday (10 May). Photo: Albert McKnight.

A man has been extradited to face court on charges of defrauding Canberrans out of more than $65,000 in a rental scam.

It’s alleged Kenric Yeung posed as a real estate agent between February and April 2018, taking bond and rental payments from a number of people to secure properties.

This was reported to ACT Policing in late April 2018, with victims alleging that the now-33-year-old never secured the properties and ignored requests to refund the money, except for one instance where it was believed that a person had been repaid $2,210.

Once police had identified Mr Yeung as the alleged offender, checks confirmed he had departed Australia. It was recently confirmed that Mr Yeung had re-entered the country and was arrested in Queensland on 1 May.

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He was bailed by the Queensland Magistrates Court the following day after surrendering his passports and was instructed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday (10 May).

Mr Yeung did appear and was formally charged with five counts of obtaining property by deception, as well as single counts of using a false document and passing a valueless cheque.

If you have been the victim of a rental scam, you can report it to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. You can provide information anonymously.

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