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Phoenix police looking for mortgage fraud suspect

Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla, 31. (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla, 31. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police are looking for a man they say posed as a real estate agent and allegedly defrauded eight people of more than $45,000 in down payments for homes.

Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla, 31, would identify himself as a real estate agent and guarantee people he could get them a home, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.

He would change the description of his occupation, sometimes telling people he works for himself, was an investor or worked for a real estate agency, Holmes said, adding Gandarilla is suspected of carrying on the ruse since June 2013.

Police said Gandarilla would provide possible buyers with addresses of vacant homes and codes to lockboxes, then allegedly ask them to sign a contract with a down payment between $1,500 and $11,500.

When the victims learned Gandarilla wasn't authorized to sell property, they tried to call him to get their money back, but he never answered.

A background check on Gandarilla revealed police already had a warrant for his arrest. According to court records, Gandarilla was took a plea deal after he was arrested for driving under the influence but he never showed up in court for sentencing in July. A judge issued a bench warrant.

Anyone who might have had contact with Gandarilla, or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377), or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446).

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