SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) – A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy on Monday arrested a woman accused of defrauding would-be home renters over Craigslist, sheriff’s officials said.

Ann Howard allegedly posted Craigslist ads falsely listing houses for rent and then obtained security deposits upfront from interested renters.

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The renters then ended up forfeiting the deposits because there was never a residence to rent, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Sheriff’s Deputy Damon Gutzwiller investigated the case for several months before arresting Howard on suspicion of grand theft, sheriff’s officials said.

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