McMinnville rental scammer charged with theft

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McMinnville rental scammer charged with theft

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by Mike Benner, KGW Reporter

kgw.com

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 4:24 PM

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Deputies arrested a man suspected of running a rental scam in McMinnville Thursday at a home in rural Marion County. 

Jerry Rosenstiel faces accusations of theft by deception for allegedly posting Craigslist ads for a rental home, collecting deposits and never handing over keys. He collected nearly $16,000 from eight people, according to court documents. 

Rosenstiel appeared in court Friday. He was charged with nine counts of theft and his bail was increased to $150,000. It had previously been $90,000.

The victims told KGW that they were relieved to know Rosenstiel was behind bars.

"It's a good feeling to see he's been caught," said Mel Kelchner.

"It's some restitution that he can't do it anybody else anymore," added Laci Cannard.

Rosenstiel's daughter told KGW that her father was  innocent.  She said he never took anything more than $55 from the prospective renters.

"That is a background check and that is for a rental application like we were told to do by our attorney," said Desirae Rosenstiel.

Jerry Rosentiel's attorney, Ted Coran, said his client is in the process of paying the victims back. 

Rosenstiel has a criminal history dating back two decades. Previous charges include theft and negotiating bad checks. 

"He's shown that he could potentially be a risk to people that he's victimized in the past," said Sgt. Tim Symons of the McMinnville police. "He's not willing to necessarily stop." 

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