For Immediate Release - December 05, 2011

Man Held in Alleged Apartment Scam

Jayson Fallis, 34, of Salem, pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Salem District Court to eight counts of larceny over $250 by single scheme.  

Judge Michael Lauranzano ordered Fallis held on $100,000 cash bail and continued his case until December 14 for a pre-trial hearing.  

Essex Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hemond told the court that Fallis allegedly placed an ad on Craigslist for an apartment rental at 11 Boston Street in Salem - even though it was not his to rent.  Fallis had been living in the apartment until recently.

Fallis allegedly collected payments between $500 and $2,000 for the apartment in eight instances, totaling more than $11,000.  When the victims arrived to take possession of the apartment, they discovered they had been scammed.

Prosecutor Hemond told the court that some of the victims now have no place to live as a result of the alleged scam.

Fallis is represented by Attorney Thomas Burke.