A New Britain woman is facing charges after she was found to be operating a scam on fellow city residents.
Police arrested 45-year-old Nancy Garofalo, also known as Nancy Francisco, on six separate warrants. She’s being charged with fourth- and fifth-degree larceny.
In the past year, police said Garofalo identified herself as a leasing agent for property at 260 Washington St.
Police said on at least a dozen occasions, Garofalo took money from people with the purpose of renting out an apartment on Washington Street. Once the time came to move in, she made excuses to people, saying the apartment wasn’t ready.
When people asked for their deposits back, she refused to reimburse them.
On at least one occasion, police said the apartment that was to be rented out was occupied by someone else.
Eyewitness News spoke exclusively Thursday night to the people who live in the building where the alleged crimes took place.
"We've had people come in here and their like you know this is my apartment too. And I'm just like I'm sorry but I live here," said Jessayah Cruz.
She said for the last 30 days, no fewer than 15 people have knocked on her door, claiming they had paid her landlord for the right to move into her apartment.
“Everyone had leases and all of them gave her money,” Cruz said.
Many came with children, one came with a gun.
“He basically was just showing it off like I'm ready for anything at this point, and I'm just like listen I don't know what to tell you but like I'm not having it. This is my home,” Cruz said.
Police now say the people who showed up at Cruz’s door were victims of a scam artist.
“Shame on you. I don't understand what was the point of all of this. What was it for,” Cruz says to Garofalo.
Garofalo is being held on a $60,000 bond. Police said more arrests are forthcoming.
Anyone with information on this case should contact police at 860-826-3000.
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