January 12, 2012

Police begin probe of ‘fake landlord’ who disappeared

police-begin-probeBy Xu Chi for Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI police are now probing the case of Ryan Fedoruk, the “disappeared” Canadian fake landlord, who is alleged to have cheated 60-plus expat tenants and apartment owners of more than 340,000 yuan in a subleasing scandal.

The police took the case yesterday after five victims and their lawyer handed them statements from 45 victims who say they have been cheated by the man.

Fedoruk, 40, a former part-time English teacher, acted as a second-hand landlord who rented about 30 apartments from their owners in the city and sublet them to over 80 tenants, mostly foreigners, throughout last year, victims said.

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January 12, 2012