Woman charged in rental scam

Woman charged in rental scam
Amy Michelle Klopfstein
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A woman who allegedly scammed people out of rent payments was arraigned Monday afternoon on five counts of grand theft.

Amy Michelle Klopfstein, 30, reportedly defrauded at least four victims who paid her rent and rental deposits for a home on the 3500 block of Harris Road. Klopfstein posted the foreclosed home for rent on Craigslist, but she didn't own the home.

The Bakersfield Police Department said it arrested Klopfstein last week shortly after it released her picture and information through the media.

Police warn that this particular scam is growing in popularity. They said the scam artist will often break into a home and change the locks to give victims the impression that it's their house.

Klopfstein will be back in court later this month for additional court hearings.