“Who did she defraud? The owner, Juan Cedeno, has 8 foreclosures against him. He obviously got mortgages and then refused to pay when values declined. The ultimate deadbeat. The bank is to blame as well, as like most, they are refusing to foreclose. The bank filed in 2008 and never filed for the final auction. That is five years folks. If anything, this woman saved the bank big money by having an occupant preventing copper theives to come in and strip the home, or kids to vandalize it.
This story shows the truth about the housing market we have. Banks are refusing to foreclose…. I respect this woman for taking advantage of the situation. It is time a taxpayer got some back.”
Police: West Palm Beach woman rented out neighbor’s foreclosed home, collected more than $13,000
A West Palm Beach woman is accused of commandeering her neighbor’s empty and foreclosed-upon home, renting it through Craigslist and collecting more than $13,000 in rent before the owner discovered the ruse and called the cops.
Natalie Heil, 30, was booked into the Palm Beach County Friday facing charges of grand theft and fraud. She was released Saturday after posting $6,000 bond.
West Palm Beach police were tipped off to the alleged crime Friday morning, when they got a call from Kelly Keefner, who manages the property at 314 Vallette Way for her father-in-law, Juan Cedeno. Keefner told police the home is in foreclosure, and for that reason she had not checked on the property in the last eight months. But when she stopped by in late January, the place looked lived-in.
Keefner returned to the home with her husband and met April Wehle, 24, and Talia Williams, 25, who said they had been renting the home for $1,500 a month since mid-June. The women said they found the place through a Craigslist ad placed by Heil, who lives next door at 312 Vallette Way.