Wyoming landlady arrested on more fraud charges

Angela Arvizu
Angela Arvizu in court on March 13, 2017.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A Wyoming landlady already twice accused of taking prospective tenants’ money even though she didn’t intend to rent to them now faces additional charges.

According to court records, Angela Arvizu, 40, is facing new charges of larceny by false pretenses between $200-$1,000 for a crime that police said occurred on March 6 in Wyoming. If convicted, she could be sentenced to one year in jail.

Arvizu was arrested on Sunday but posted a $5,000 cash or surety bond that same day and was released. She is expected to be arraigned on the new charges sometime in March.

Police previously said they were investigating accusations that Arvizu had stolen credit cards from her 90-year-old neighbor, but it’s not yet clear if that has anything to do with the new charges.

Arvizu pleaded guilty last year after taking background check fees from two would-be renters without any intent of ever leasing to them. She’s still on probation for that case.

Last week, she was charged again after similar allegations. In that case, she allegedly took a $600 deposit from a woman who had to wait for her disability check to send the payment. The alleged victim told police that just before she was set to move, Arvizu sent a text saying the apartment she had paid for wasn’t ready. The alleged victim also said that a second rental Arvizu offered her already had tenants.