Deputies arrest East Naples couple accused in 2 fraud cases

Nelson Minaya

Nelson Minaya

Alina Perez

Alina Perez

An East Naples couple is accused of twice defrauding people they met on Craigslist, according to Collier County arrest reports.

In late July, a woman told deputies she met the couple at the Publix at 12975 Collier Boulevard, where she gave them a $500 cash deposit for a home in Golden Gate Estates that was advertised on Craigslist. When she arrived at the home, however, she found the keys did not work, the windows had been smashed out and the home did not belong to the couple posing as landlords.

Nelson Alberto Minaya, 26, and Alina Perez, 22, both of the 9300 block of Marino Circle, were arrested and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

In a second case, deputies said Minaya in April invited a man to the Comfort Inn at 3860 Tollgate Boulevard for consensual sex. The guest told deputies he was in the shower with Minaya when Minaya received a phone call.

After hanging up, Minaya told his guest that his mother was on her way up and that they should part ways. Sometime after leaving the hotel, the guest told deputies he noticed his debit card was missing and had been fraudulently used, an arrest report said.

Given consent to search the hotel room and Perez’s car, deputies found a torn-up credit card. That card later matched the victim’s stolen card and had been used at a Walmart for a purchase of $845.88, the report said.

Detectives said they then found Walmart security footage of Perez using the credit card.

Altogether, Minaya and Perez each face two counts of grand theft, one count of fraud/illegal use of credit card and fraud to obtain property under $20,000. The couple remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $5,000 each.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Collier deputies seek public's help in identifying couple in alleged rental home scam

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying this man and a woman who detectives want to question in connection with an alleged rental scam case in Golden Gate Estates.

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The Collier County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying this man and a woman who detectives want to question in connection with an alleged rental scam case in Golden Gate Estates.

CCSO alleged rental home scam

People wanted for questioning in case.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a man and a woman who detectives want to question in connection with an alleged rental scam in Golden Gate Estates.

Detectives have released images of the man and woman in the hope that someone recognizes the couple and contacts the Sheriff's Office.

On July 24, the victim responded to a Craigslist ad for a rental home. The victim met with the suspects, who used the names Janet and Chris, at a business in the 1200 block of Collier Boulevard. The victim gave the pair a $500 cash deposit and a signed rental lease agreement. The pair gave the victim a set of house keys and the rental home's address.

Upon arriving at the home, the front door was unlocked and a rear window to the home was broken. Inside the home, the victim located a business card with the legitimate homeowner's contact information. The victim called the legitimate owner and learned the lease was fraudulent.

Detectives said the victims described the man as possibly from Honduras and having two silver veneered teeth and a tattoo on his neck. The woman was described as Cuban and was pregnant. She had several tattoos on her hands.

Anyone with information regarding the identities of this man and woman asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 (TIPS).

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