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Local man scams California property investors

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Marion County prosecutor announced that criminal charges were filed against a man for scamming investors that were outside of Indiana for an apartment building that was never for sale.

George O’Dell, was charged with eight felonies including one count of fraud on a financial institution, five counts of forgery and two counts of theft.

According to court documents, O’Dell used someone else’s identity to gain employment with a locally based property management company. While working for the company, he informed two investors in California that an apartment complex was available for sale.

After having fund sent to him from investors, it was discovered over the course of the investigation it was discovered that the apartment complex was never for sale.

O’Dell’s pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 9 in Marion County.