Filipino housing project in LA used by scammers

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The soon-to-be opened Larry Itliong Village is being used in what appears to be an apparent scam, which targets low income Filipinos, believed to be orchestrated by other Filipinos.

Last July, close to a thousand people applied for units in the low-income housing project operated by the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC).

While the application period ended in July, and prospective tenants have already been selected, the phones of PWC have been ringing with applicants claiming that within the past few weeks they paid between $34 to $200 to apply and enter in a lottery for the chance to rent units that cost as little as $300 a month.

“There is a group of Filipinos distributing the applications for this housing,” PWC Associate Director Lolit Andrada Lledo said. “This is a big scam because application period has been closed since end of July. The property management already verified the tenants so there’s no point in applying now.”

The perpetrators are believed to have found victims near Filipino businesses in the area, according to what victims have told the PWC.

Lledo said the victims were then given copies of her old business cards.

While there have been at least 10 inquiries in the past several days, PWC has yet to see the bogus applications.

Lledo said they are now in the process of filing a police a report while pushing through with the Larry Itliong Village’s grand opening.

The first batch of tenants is expected to begin moving into the Larry Itliong Village next month as originally planned.

It will also house the PWC which offers services to low income immigrant families.

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