(PALM BEACH POST) — A West Palm Beach woman is accused of commandeering her neighbor’s empty and foreclosed-upon home, renting it through Craigslist and collecting more than $13,000 in rent before the owner discovered the ruse and called the cops.
Natalie Heil, 30, was booked into the Palm Beach County Friday facing charges of grand theft and fraud. She was released Saturday after posting $6,000 bond.
West Palm Beach police were tipped off to the alleged crime Friday morning, when they got a call from Kelly Keefner, who manages the property at 314 Vallette Way for her father-in-law, Juan Cedeno. Keefner told police the home is in foreclosure, and for that reason she had not checked on the property in the last eight months. But when she stopped by in late January, the place looked lived-in.