HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A Luzerne County landlord accused of renting out condemned homes is trying to work out a deal with her victims to return their money.
Police say she took thousands of dollars that she had no right to keep.
The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick was first to tell you about the alleged scam.
Margarita Murarescu came face to face with victims in Hazle Township Wednesday morning.
Those tenants together, lost about three thousand dollars.. Investigators told Murarescu to return the money to those folks or be arrested.
She originally did not pay it back and was charged with theft, but insists she did nothing wrong and claims her “tenants” signed a lease to rent out the home.
She says the money she kept was to fix up the home in West Hazleton and it was condemned because it had no utilities and a faulty electrical system.
Despite the possibility of a deal, those charges are still levied against her.