Fayetteville police arrest man at center of Troubleshooter investigation into rental scam

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Man facing felony charges in Fayetteville fake landlord case arrested
A man at the center of an ABC11 Troubleshooter rental scam investigation has been arrested.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- There's been an arrest made in an update to an I-Team Troubleshooter investigation that ABC11 has been following for weeks.

On Tuesday, Fayetteville Police arrested Edwin Wilson, 43, of Fayetteville.

ABC11 first told you about Wilson earlier this month after several renters said they gave Wilson money to rent a home that Wilson lives in.

Edwin Wilson

Police said Wilson posed as a landlord and allegedly took thousands of dollars in deposits from potential renters.

After our story, police charged Wilson with several counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, but police were not able to arrest him until Tuesday.

Wilson is being held at the Cumberland County Jail awaiting bond.

Earlier this month, Wilson told the ABC11 Troubleshooter that he would refund those would-be renters; they say that never happened.

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