SARASOTA, Fla. - It's scam awareness month at ABC 7 Sarasota, and sometimes exposing these types of things can be hazardous. That was the case today for WWSB ABC 7's reporter Josh Taylor, who is investigating an alleged rental property scam.
In 12 years of covering stories on the Suncoast, Josh has seen a lot of things. Getting carjacked is certainly its own chapter.
It started out with a Venice woman claiming she had rented an 11-bedroom home on Siesta Key, Fla. for a family reunion. It turns out though that after some code violations, it appears the home now only has five bedrooms.
She wanted her money back but was told no, even though it was in her contract that she was entitled to it.
ABC 7 went looking for answers, and Josh was setting up his camera Friday afternoon when this happened…
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the woman's name is Jean Price. A neighbor tells ABC 7 that she works for the man who owns the home, a local chiropractor, Dr. Craig Siegal. We don't know if that's true.
We are continuing to follow the story, which is potentially fraud. The home is still being advertised on Trip Advisor as sleeping between 25-30 people. One would assume that's pretty hard to do with only five bedrooms.
Price will been charged with Grand Theft Auto.