Monday, August 4, 2008
Former Lancaster mayoral candidate embroiled in home rental scam
Morris Mosley is accused of renting out several residences that he didn't actually own.
The problems in the housing market have struck communities throughout the nation, including in the Best Southwest. Police believe two local men took advantage of the housing bubble burst by renting out homes they didn’t actually own or have any right to be in.
On July 28 Cedar Hill police arrested Jackie Lewis, a local pastor they believe was a running a rental scam in unoccupied homes. In one case they believe Lewis drilled into the locks on a pre-foreclosed home and leased it as if he owned it. Detective Steve Lafferty said police can currently link Lewis to one residence but he is a suspect in several fraudulent purchases or leases in Lake Ridge.
They are also pursuing the link between Lewis and Morris Mosley, a flamboyant fixture in Lancaster politics who DeSoto police arrested several weeks ago for similar charges. Mosley is also a minister and his fiery speeches in Lancaster elections and public forums are often not far from sermonizing. Victims in this case told police they paid Mosley $1,150 a month in rent at three separate residences over an eight-month span. That family realized they’d been duped when they moved into a residence on a Thursday and that Saturday two realtors came by to show the home.
Mosley told police he had permission from the owners to take possession of the property, but officials didn’t believe him. During the hotly contested May election, Mosley ran for mayor on a platform promising economic development. He promised to use his business experience to bring Fortune 500 companies to Lancaster. Fortunately for Lancaster voters, they didn’t buy into Mosley’s platform and instead elected local businessman Marcus Knight. Cedar Hill police expect to indict Mosley on charges soon.
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