DENVER (CBS4)– More charges are being filed against a man accused of stealing homes, then selling or renting them using phony deeds and leases.
Alfonso Carrillo faces four additional counts of theft. This comes after some of the alleged victims came forward after seeing stories on CBS4.
The alleged scheme involves homes in foreclosure. Those homes are broken into, the locks changed and then sold to buyers with phony deeds.
The new case alleges Carrillo took money and even a vehicle for homes in Adams and Weld Counties as well as Denver.
Carrillo is facing 15 counts in two separate cases. The latest charges of theft involve a home in Brighton which he allegedly sold to two different women. But Carrillo didn’t own or represent the owner of the house.
“The most tragic part of this so far is people who have moved into homes who have paid money thinking they were buying a home and that money is gone and they don’t have a home,” said Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
A similar story happened at another home where a woman moved into a home after paying Carrillo a $4,000 downpayment. In that case, the Adams County Public Trustee shows the original owner’s name is still on the deed and a foreclosure sale scheduled.
“Well, I think it’s a really terrible scam,” said Adams County Public Trustee Carol Snyder.
Carrillo is also being investigated for acting as a lawyer and real estate broker. His broker’s license was revoked by the state last year.
Investigators said many of the people who handed over their money and moved into the homes are undocumented immigrants. The Denver District Attorney’s Office is asking for others who may be out there to come forward with their story.