SARASOTA, Fla. - It's scam awareness month here at ABC 7, and sometimes exposing these types of things can be hazardous. That was the case today for 7 South Newsroom reporter Josh Taylor, who is investigating an alleged rental property scam.
In 12 years of covering stories on the Suncoast. Josh has seen a lot of things. Getting carjacked is certainly its own chapter.
It started out with a 91-year old Venice woman claiming she had rented an 11-bedroom home on Siesta Key for a family reunion. It turns out though that after some code violations the home now only has five bedrooms.
She wanted her money back but was told no, even though it was in her contract that she was entitled to it.
ABC 7 went looking for answers, and Josh was setting up his camera Friday afternoon when this happened…
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the woman's name is Jean Price. A neighbor tells ABC 7 that she works for the man who owns the home, local chiropractor Dr. Craig Siegal. Siegal called us Friday evening saying she used to work for him but is just a friend and neighbor who watches out for the home.
We are continuing to follow the story. Siegal says he's trying to make it right but he just doesn't have the money.
The State Attorney's office will decide if Price is charged with Grand Theft Auto.