27 pay deposit on same Stockholm apartment

Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Two con artists collected deposits from 27 would-be renters for the same Stockholm apartment, police in the Swedish capital say.

The pair was arrested at the apartment after two people discovered they had paid for the same digs, The Local.se reported. The suspects face up to six years in prison if convicted of aggravated fraud.

A police investigator said the suspects had access to the apartment in Gardet, a Stockholm district developed in the 1930s and 1940s and known for its modern architecture. They allegedly placed ads on a Swedish Web site similar to Craigslist and other sites and showed the apartment to those who responded.

At least 27 people paid deposits of 20,000 kronor -- $2,989, police said.

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