Alishia Evans talks about the day she arrived home to find her possessions on the curb of the house she was renting on N. 81st St. in Milwaukee.
When Alishia Evans rented a home on the 5700 block of N. 81st St. in Milwaukee, it seemed like a dream come true — a good neighborhood, affordable rent and ample living space.
The dream, however, turned into a nightmare a few days after moving in, when Evans, her fiance and her 12-year-old daughter were ordered out of the house at gunpoint by Milwaukee police.
That is when Evans learned that the man who said he was the landlord actually had no connection to the house and no right to rent it and collect $2,000 from Evans and her fiance, Levon Osuji.
“He was so believable,” Evans said of the man who showed the house, gave the couple the keys and took their money orders.
Evans, 31, and Osuji, 25, went from renting a three-bedroom northwest side home to finding their belongings tossed onto the curb and eventually being forced to sleep in a Nissan Sentra. Their tale involves a con man, the Milwaukee Police Department, a property manager and her client, Freddie Mac — the giant quasi-government agency that buys billions of dollars in mortgages from lenders.
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It all started with an ad on Craigslist.
The ad caught the eye of Evans, a mother of two girls, age 7 and 12, and who is pregnant with twins. The $900 monthly rent was affordable and there was enough space to accommodate their growing family.
The landlord, who said his name was Tim Jacobs of Experience Management, did many of the things one would expect a landlord to do. Evans said he took the couple’s employment and background information and even charged them a $20 application fee.
“Everything seemed legitimate,” Evans said.
The couple signed a lease June 1 and agreed, in writing, to pay an additional $200 deposit because the couple had a cat — bringing the tab to $2,000 — $900 for the first month’s rent plus $1,100 in security deposits.
“He wanted all of the money up front,” Evans said. The couple gave Jacobs two money orders…