2 charged in 3-county Fla. rental fraud scam

Published On: Jan 07 2014 12:36:04 PM EST
STUART, Fla. -

Two people have been charged in Florida with operating a rental property scheme in three counties that defrauded at least 50 victims.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials said Monday the scam involved 35 properties in Martin, Palm Beach and Broward counties. Authorities say 50-year-old Robert Allen Tribble Jr. of Jupiter used false paperwork to obtain control of properties in foreclosure and then rented or leased them to unsuspecting people.

The FDLE says victims lost some $8 million in the scheme.

Tribble is facing fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and criminal use of personal identification charges. An alleged accomplice, 45-year-old Mary Revoller-Chavez, is facing similar charges. Both were jailed in Martin County.

It wasn't immediately clear whether either suspect has an attorney.