FOX 8 Defenders: JP rental scam update

FOX 8 Defenders: JP rental scam update

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish court documents show Kyron Hunter pleaded not guilty to charges laid out in a superseding bill of information Monday.  Hunter is at the center of a FOX 8 Defenders rental scam investigation on the West Bank that began weeks prior to his arrest in 2015.

At the time, detectives called it an 'elaborate scheme' where Hunter advertised homes that he didn't even own for rent on Craigslist.  Detectives say he gained entry to those abandoned homes from Gretna to Harvey, made repairs and prepared them as rentals.

That summer we interviewed three women who shared a frightening connection to Hunter.  Lakitha Bailey, a single mother of four, Gelender Harrison, a retired school teacher and Catina Carter, a wife and mother all say they're victims of Hunter and his scam.

They thought he was the true landlord.  They paid him cash deposits and rent and were later evicted from the properties.  "I came home to an eviction notice on my door.  It said I have 72 hours," recalled Carter back in 2015. 

Since his arrest in the case, Hunter's trial date has been continued several times.  Now prosecutors have laid out five charges where Hunter faces two counts of attempted theft and three counts of theft valued at thousands of dollars.  His new trial date is set for March 5, 2018. 

The FOX 8 Defenders staffed with volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women also field consumer complaints at 1-877-670-6397 or you can fill out an online complaint form. 

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