A New Britain woman is facing charges after she was found to be operating a scam on fellow city residents.
People who said they lost money in a New Britain real estate scheme are speaking out.
Police said Nancy Garofalo scammed at least a dozen people by taking thousands of dollars for apartments that weren’t actually available.
Her alleged victims said they are glad justice is being served, but they wish it happened earlier, before they handed over their money.
Garofalo appeared in court on Monday, but her alleged victims don’t have much sympathy for her.
"I don't know how she could be so evil,” said a woman who only wanted to be called Jeanette.
She said she is one of the dozen people that police say got scammed by Garofalo.
"She didn't only affect me she affected my granddaughter and all the other poor people that are going through the same thing...you know, it’s sad,” Jeanette said.
Investigators said Garofalo ripped off her victims over the last few months by accepting, but never returning, deposits for apartments in a New Britain building that were never available.
"She was rushing us...saying ‘we need the money right away, right away, today or else you're going to lose the apartment’ so we gave her $800 in cash,” Jeanette said.
She said once she forked over the money, Garofalo offered excuses about why the apartment wasn’t ready.
Other alleged victims have similar stories.
"It's frustrating because we don't have our own things and I get sad, you know. This is baby's first Christmas and look how we're going through it...it's not right, you know,” Jeanette said.
Garofalo is expected to appear in court twice next month.
Eyewitness News spoke with her on the phone, but she refused to discuss the charges or appear on camera.
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