Man Again Charged With Defrauding Tenants

Friday, Nov 15, 2013  |  Updated 3:17 PM EDT
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Man Again Charged With Defrauding Tenants

Norwich Police

Zane Megos is accused of defrayding residents.

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Norwich police have again arrested a local man accused of scamming tenants.

When police arrested Zane Megos, 55, of Dellwood Road in Norwich, last year, they said he advertised homes for rent, knowing the properties were not available, and accepted cash for them.

He either did not own the homes or they were condemned, according to police. 

Just before 1 p.m., police arrested him again on a warrant after a four-month investigation of similar crimes.

Zegos had been released from custody and a condition of his release was that he was not to offer to rent or take any security deposits from anyone, police said. 

However, police received a report from the Norwich Housing Department that Megos had met people in a shopping plaza off of Salem Turnpike in Norwich and engaged in what appeared to be financial transactions that seemed to be consistent with his previous activities.

Investigators tracked down people who had met with Megos and determined that he took a down payment from a couple looking to rent an affordable apartment on North Main Street, police said. 

The victims told police they asked Megos for their money back after several delays, but only received a portion of it. 

Then, detectives went undercover, posing as prospective tenants interested in a property listed on Craigslist, spoke to Megos and his associates over the phone and arranged for meetings in person. 

Police said Megos was held on a $10,000 cash-only bond and is due in court in New London on Dec. 5.

Megos was arrested on a warrant and charged with violating conditions of release.                   
 

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