Police: Brothers charged in Fremont rental scam

Police: Brothers charged in Fremont rental scam
2 Fremont brothers arrested in housing fraud scheme
nTwo brothers cost multiple Fremont landlords up to $120,000 after committing numerous housing rental schemes since 2015, according to police.

Mohammed Said Qadir, 30, and Habibullah Said Qadir, 42, allegedly targeted up to five property owners in Fremont. A property owner contacted the Fremont Police Department with reports of the fraud in April 2017.

According to police, the brothers submitted false documents and names to rent up to five properties in Fremont. They allegedly used invalid checks to pay rent and stayed in the homes with elderly parents for months before being evicted.

In each rental, Mohammed QADIR, Habibullah QADIR and family fled the residence just before they were physically removed by authorities, sometimes taking with them large appliances or other items that belonged to the landlords, and often leaving the properties trashed. Each victim landlord reported they were unable to rent their properties until significant repairs and cleanings were completed.

Property owners told investigators that they were forced to undertake “time consuming, labor-intensive, and costly civil processes” to evict the residents, police said.

Once accepted as tenants, Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR provided the landlords personal or business checks to pay for rent and security deposits. In each instance, the checks were returned for insufficient funds or for accounts that had already been closed. In the meantime, Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR moved into each residence, usually with their elderly parents.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the brothers in January, and both men were arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies related to identity theft and fraud.

The brothers both posted bail and their criminal cases are pending. Habibullah Qadir is also currently on probation for operating a food truck without a license, according to police.

According to police, the brothers are business owners of a local tech company and produce a popular annual cultural festival in the Bay Area.

Anyone with information about the pair is encouraged to call the Fremont police general investigations unit at (510) 790-6900 or to email Detective Boyd at [email protected] Tips can also be sent anonymously by texting “TIP FREMONTPD” and then a message to 888-777.

Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR strung the landlords along with false promises to pay outstanding rental payments, often for months at a time. In each instance, the landlords had to go through the time consuming, labor-intensive and costly civil process to formally evict Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR, and their families from the residences.

FREMONT — Two brothers who police say defrauded numerous landlords in a home rental scam, including lying about their backgrounds and not paying rent for months at a time, causing the landlords significant financial loss and damage to the properties, have been charged with more than 40 felony counts between them, authorities said Monday.

Both Mohammed Said Qadir, 30, and Habibullah Said Qadir, 42, are free on bail. They were charged and arrested in January.

If you have information about Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR regarding fraud or other crimes, please contact the Fremont Police Department General Investigations Unit at 510-790-6900 or email Detective Boyd directly at [email protected] We will also accept non-urgent anonymous tips. Text TIP FREMONTPD followed by your message to 888-777.

Police said they began investigating the brothers in April 2017 after receiving information from a victimized landlord and found the suspected scams involving at least five landlords went back to 2015.

Records show Habibullah QADIR and Mohammed QADIR are business owners/partners of a local tech company, and also produce a popular annual cultural festival in the Bay Area. Their previous criminal history includes a conviction for Habibullah QADIR for operating a food truck without a license, for which he is currently on probation.

Police said the financial losses to the landlords was more than $120,000.

Police said after the brothers obtained leases for single-family houses in high-end neighborhoods in Fremont they failed to pay rent and forced the landlords to evict them while they remained in the properties rent-free for months at a time.

Police said with each landlord the brothers either alone or together, submitted false or counterfeited documentation regarding their true identities, employment and financial status in order to obtain the rentals. That included providing false names, Social Security numbers, California ID card numbers or other information that was false or belonged to other people not involved in the rentals, police said.

As a result of the intentional actions of Mohammed QADIR and/or Habibullah QADIR, each landlord suffered significant financial loss, accumulating to over $120,000.

They also are suspected of altering their own IDs to provide false names and created false bank statements, paychecks, and credit reports to “represent an affluent financial status they did not really have,” police said in a news release.

The brothers used variations of their own names during the suspected frauds, making it difficult for the landlords to find the true information, police said. Some of the names used were Marc Mohammed, Mohammed Said, Sami Habib, and Habib Said as well as Amin or Aminullah Said and Parwin Said, police said.

Once accepted as tenants, the brothers, who police said own a local tech company and produce a popular annual cultural festival in the Bay Area,  gave landlords personal or business checks to pay for rent and security deposits but in each instance the checks were returned for insufficient funds, or for accounts already closed,  police said.

Police said the landlords, “were strung along with false promises” to pay outstanding rental payments, often for months at a time.

In each instance, police said, the landlords had to go through a time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly civil process to formally evict them and their families from the residences.

In each rental, police said, the brothers and their families fled the residence just before they were physically removed by authorities, sometimes, taking with them large appliances or other items that belonged to the landlords and often leaving the properties trashed.

Police said each landlord reported they could not rent their properties again until significant cleansings and repairs were done.

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Anyone with information about the brothers is asked to call Fremont police at 510-790-6900 or email Detective Boyd at [email protected]


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