A judge this week sentenced a Buffalo man to one year in jail and ordered him to return $1,950 he collected from two would-be tenants for a rental property that he did not own.
Daniel Loster, 30, of Edson Street, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery and grand larceny charges for pretending to be the landlord of a South Buffalo property that police said he advertised through Craigslist, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III. He also falsely told the Erie County Department of Social Services that he was a landlord, Sedita said.
He collected $1,300 from one victim and $650 from the other.
The house used in the rental scam, according to police, had been owned by a man who died about three years ago. The house has a new owner.
Loster was arrested in February and pleaded guilty last month. He was sentenced Monday by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. He had faced a maximum prison term of seven years.