Police arrest man accused in McMinnville housing scam

AURORA, Ore. - Police arrested on Thursday the man they say is part of a rental home scam on Craigslist in McMinnville, according to McMinnville police.

KATU News has been investigating Jerry Rosenstiel for more than six years. He's been accused of conning people out of money. KATU News has uncovered his shady practices in car deals, business deals - even with his own insurance agent - and a young girls' soccer team.

Police arrested Rosenstiel at an Aurora home in the 11000 block of Bunting Lane at about 6:30 p.m., said Sgt. Tim Symons.

Rosenstiel faces nine counts of first-degree theft, Symons said.

Police say 14 people have been ripped off in the rental home scam, losing $16,000 in all.

Two people told KATU News on Wednesday that Rosenstiel tricked them into renting a vacant home on Southwest Manzanita Street in McMinnville. Police said he took their money for deposits but never let them move in because he didn't own the home.

Symons said police went to the Aurora address because Rosenstiel had once provided it as his place of residence. It's not clear right now whether he owns or rents it.

Marion County sheriff's deputies took Rosenstiel to Newberg where he was handed over to McMinnville police, Symons said.

Many people say Rosenstiel's lies went further than just the rental home accusations.

Isaac Gallegos, a car salesman, said he sold Rosenstiel four trucks after Rosenstiel told him he was dying and wanted to get his kids something to trade in later.

Gallegos promised Rosenstiel he'd wait before cashing the checks. When he finally did, they were all bad.

"I owe our company $2,000 plus," Gallegos said. "I got to pay it all back - got my wife, son - (I got to) figure out a way to do it day by day."

Several people have filed complaints against Rosenstiel with the attorney general's office over the last few years. And the Oregon Department of Justice has banned Rosenstiel from doing some business in the state of Oregon.

He is being held in the Yamhill County Jail and is expected to be arraigned at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

KATU reporter Erica Nochlin contributed to this report.

Read more about KATU's investigations into Rosenstiel.