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Suspect Arrested for Grand Theft Involving Apartment Rental Scam

Detectives are Requeting the Public's Assistance

Post Date:08/03/2018 11:45 AM

Tahnee Lightfoot, Media Contact
818-548-3140 (office) 
818-967-7088 (cell) 
tlightfoot@glendaleca.gov

Glendale, CA - Glendale Police Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance with locating additional victims of theft by false pretenses involving an apartment rental scam.

Between June 8, 2018 and June 15, 2018, Wail Balkhi met with at least eight victims who answered online ads for an apartment listing in the 100 block of West Wilson in the City of Glendale.  During these meetings, Balkhi directed the victims to complete rental paperwork and sometimes gave tours of the apartment. Balkhi collected funds from these victims under the guise of collecting a security deposit and/or first month’s rent.  After collecting the funds, Balkhi ceased communicating with his victims and never returned their funds.  Balkhi was evicted from his apartment days later.

The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and four counts of grand theft by false pretenses was filed.  An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Balkhi’s arrest and on August 1, 2018, Balkhi was apprehended by the US Marshals Task Force.  Balkhi was booked into the Glendale PD Jail; his bail was set at $250,000.00.

There is reason to believe Balkhi has engaged in additional thefts through similar acts.  Any additional victims are encouraged to contact Detective Alex Lee with the Glendale Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at 818-548-3101.

Wail Hussain Balkhi DOB: 12-07-95

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