A man posing as a real estate agent is being accused of stealing $20,000 from a potential home buyer who thought she was making a down payment on house, the San Antonio Police Department report.
Police allege Chris Hinojosa, 29, has been acting as a broker without a license in the city. They have issued multiple arrest warrants for Hinojosa, who remains at large.
A woman told police in January that she responded to a for-sale by owner real estate sign earlier this year. She alleges she met with Hinojosa, agreed to purchase the home, and gave him two separate payments of $20,000 for closing. She said she later discovered the man did not own the property and also was not a real estate agent.
“At no time did the victim sign a real estate title or any document recognized by the Texas Real Estate Commission,” police documents state.
“He fleeced this person,” San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Jesse Salame told ABC affiliate KVUE. “It’s probably best not to respond to a sign on the side of the road. Look up licensed REALTORS®.”
The property’s actual owner has also sued Hinojosa.