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New Jersey Man Accused Of Illegally Renting Out Foreclosed Homes

Prosecutor: Roselle Resident Made Off With More Than $15,000
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ROSELLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Roselle man rented out foreclosed homes that he did not own or manage to unsuspecting families, prosecutors say.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, Barton Hodge, 37, has been charged with two counts of theft by deception.

“He essentially entered foreclosed properties without the knowledge or permission of the rightful owners and rented these properties out to two individuals,” said Union County Acting Prosecutor Grace Park.

Between security deposits and rent, Hodge collected more than $15,000 on the properties, Park said. She added that law enforcement officials are not ruling out that there could be additional victims.

‘We’d like to know about other potential victims, and we hope that they come and report anything that they know of — any other houses that potentially Mr. Hodge or others have been renting out in this manner,” she said.

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