A veteran of the NYPD allegedly scammed apartment hunters by posing as the owner of his rented home and collected security deposits and first month's rent from people who thought his apartment was on the market, the New York Daily News reports.
Officer Burban Pierre advertised his apartment on Craigslist over a four-month stretch.
"I feel very upset with the fact that this comes from an officer who is supposed to protect and serve," said Vivian Griffith, who answered Pierre's ad in April. "It's shocking that a police officer would go to such lengths to take from people who don't have. It's disheartening and upsetting."
According to the NYPD, the matter is now under investigation. Pierre has been with the department since 2010.
"The matter is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau," said NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie. "The officer's current duty status is modified."
The building landlord's said that as soon as he heard about Pierre's scam, he was evicted.
"Yes, I heard the rumors," he told The Daily News. "When I heard about it, he had to go."
The officer's neighbor Acuarela Santos, 29, said Pierre "was a real liar."
"I couldn't believe he was a cop. ... Some people said they paid $2,800 — sometimes less, sometimes more. A lot of people were angry. Some people would be crying about the money."