Housing scam uncovered in South Portland

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A woman police described as “a Portland-area transient” faces two felony theft charges for allegedly accepting rental deposits for apartments she did not own.

Lisa Marie Hinerman, 26, was arrested by Portland and South Portland police officers at a motel on Riverside Street today and charged with two counts of theft by deception, according to South Portland Police Lt. Frank Clark.

Clark said his department received two complaints from respondents to a Craigslist ad advertising a South Portland apartment for rent. The respondents then met with someone who claimed to be responsible for renting apartments in a multi-unit dwelling on Grandview Avenue.

Police allege Hinerman took a total of $1,800 cash as deposits for apartments in a building actually owned by the South Portland Housing Authority. Following complaints made to police yesterday, Clark said contact was made with the suspect, who agreed to meet one of the victims today.

Instead, Hinerman was met and arrested by South Portland and Portland police. In addition to the new theft charges, Clark said she was wanted on an outstanding warrant for past theft charges.

Clark said Hinerman has several theft convictions, and the new charges have been turned over to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. The ad has been removed from Craigslist.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Lisa Marie Hinerman

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.