Peterborough man charged with fraud following student housing rental scam

A 45-year-old Peterborough resident has been charged with seven counts of fraud following a student housing rental scam investigation.

Through the investigation it was revealed that the accused had placed an on line advertisement for a rental home in Peterborough and collected first and last month’s rent from post-secondary students knowing that the home was either being sold or foreclosed.

When a group of students returned to their rental home in late September 2017 they found a foreclosure notice on the door. The incident was then reported to police.

As a result of the investigation on November 20, 2017 the accused was arrested and charged.

Sean Paul Cowling, 45, of King Street, Peterborough, is charged with the following:

  • Fraud under $5,000 X7
  • Obtaining by false pretence X7

The accused appeared in court on November 20, 2017, was held in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court today (Nov. 21).

The investigation is ongoing. Police believe there may still be other victims and are encouraging anyone with similar concerns or experience to come forward and call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122.