Bowie, Md. man wanted in Smyrna, Del. home fraud

February 19, 2009 1:08:40 PM PST
Delaware State Police are looking for a Bowie, Md. man who allegedly perpetrated a real estate scheme in Smyrna. Police say 51-year-old Paul Barnes contacted a Dover man about being a real estate agent, saying he could sell the man's Smyrna home.

In July, the man gave Barnes a key and police say Barnes rented the home to a 61-year-old Smyrna man, while Barnes pretended to be the homeowner. Barnes was paid $5,400 by the renter as two months rent and a security deposit.

Barnes said he was the owner of JLR Group LLC and claimed he was a real estate investor.

Police have filed arrest warrants for Barnes. He is charged with felony theft and forgery.

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.