Four years ago, Luke Frazier was young, brash, and ready to make a big political statement. He ran for Hernando County Sheriff and got more than 22,000 votes.
Today, Frazier is in trouble with the very agency he hoped to run. He was arrested Tuesday for fraud and perjury.
Detectives say Frazier got a bogus quit-claim deed to make it appear he owned a Spring Hill house. He's accused of renting it to unsuspecting tenants.
According to Hernando Detective Dustin Mormando, Frazier may have been renting the house as far back as 2007.
"Luke just noticed the property was vacant, noticed there were back taxes on it, and thought he could take over the property and no one would notice," Det. Mormando said.
One tenant did notice after the home's septic tank and roof started leaking, but Frazier was nowhere to be found.
"He never called her, never went to check up on them to see where the rent was, and so they became suspicious," Mormando said.
The tenants moved. Wilbur Bezares lives across the street. He suspected something was wrong at the home, but Frazier was friendly and assured him he did indeed own the home.
"He was a very nice guy he comes up to you, introduces himself, and makes conversation," Bezares said.
Mark Henderschot wondered why people would come and go so often, yet never stay.
"It could have been a grow house, someone squatting."
Indeed, investigators say at one point, Frazier was living at the home. FOX 13 tried reaching out to Frazier at his home and job. Neither attempts to speak to him were successful.
Detectives say Frazier collected more than $9,000.00 in rent.
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