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Man rents home he did not own to 3 separate people at the same time

By Mason White 1:52 PM March 31, 2017
Home for rent (illustration)
Home for rent (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

A man who wanted to get his hands on money easily, rented out a home he did not own to three separate people, according to police in New Jersey.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced that Keith Boyce, 54, of Ocean Gate, pleaded guilty to theft and failure to file a state tax return on the day he was scheduled for trial.

The plea stems from his indictment by the grand jury for theft and terroristic threats against one victim and theft against a second.

The Tax charge was part of a separate indictment against Boyce and his wife Camilla, 27, for failure to file state tax returns for a number of years.

The investigation by the OCPO Economic Crimes Unit found that Boyce took security deposits and prepaid rent from two women to occupy 1226 Laurel Blvd in Lanoka Harbor, before renting and gave occupancy of the same home to a third person.

The victims became suspicious when Boyce demanded additional money before they were allowed to move in. They then learned that another person was the actual owner and the house was in foreclosure.

In the plea agreement, Boyce is required to make full restitution of $9,200 to the two victims prior to sentencing, which would require him to serve probation in lieu of receiving a jail sentence.

The tax charge for his wife, Camilla, is pending future court action.