Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Zephyrhills police say landlord pocketed $11,000 in rent

ZEPHYRHILLS – An apartment property manager was arrested Tuesday after, police say, she rented out empty apartments and collected the money for herself.

Mandy Lee Arnold, 37, was working as at Dimension One Management, a Jacksonville-based property company that owns Cypress Green Apartments. On Aug. 1, a Zephyrhills Police report states, she listed four apartments at 20th Street and North Avenue as vacant in the company's records.

But police say Arnold rented out those units, giving each tenant a lease agreement and receipt. She collected $11,769 and kept the money for herself, the report states.

The management company discovered the forged documents and found the apartments occupied on Sept. 10. Zephyrhills Police Capt. Robert McKinney said the arrest didn't happen until Tuesday because detectives were tracking down tenants who had since moved out.

After her arrest, the report states, Arnold told officers she did not "remember committing the theft due to memory issues after a stroke."

Arnold, of 1609 Bobolink St. in Crystal Springs, was booked in Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of grand theft. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

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