(CMR) After CMR's exposé of a rental scam involving Olisiea Brown-Blake (42), police said she has been arrested and the RCIPS is calling on victims to come forward. She was reportedly arrested on Saturday, 13 January, following reports of obtaining property by deception.
Blake has scammed several people; however, she was arrested in one particular case. According to the police, a rental ad was placed on a local advertising website stating that a residential property was for rent in the Prospect area of George Town.
The complainant stated that they contacted the woman and that payments were made to secure the property, after which they were no longer able to contact the seller. They also stated that following this happening they found that the property had been relisted for rent on the local website, which led them to believe that they had been scammed.
CMR understands Blake was arrested in a previous matter and was released on bail when she continued her scam.
The police are currently investigating this matter and believe that there may have been others who have fallen victim to this rental scam and are encouraging them to report the matter to the police.
Additionally, the public is being encouraged not to exchange any money regarding rental properties without first verifying that it is a legitimate advertisement through viewing and other traceable means. Anyone with information regarding this and other financial scams is encouraged to call the George Town Police Station at 949-4222.
Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via their Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or via their website.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously via the Cayman Crime Stoppers website.