Top agent pretended to be a fake landlord before renting out houses that didn’t belong to her
- Victoria Police Sergeant Rosa Rossi posed as a landlord for six vacant properties
- Three were in the western Victorian town of Willaura and three in Melbourne
- Rossi took over the houses and rented them out between April 2016 and June 2017
- She appeared on the County Court of Victoria on Friday and is due to return on June 12
A Victorian sergeant abused her job as a police officer to take over strangers’ property in an elaborate, fraudulent attempt to build an investment empire.
Energetic fraudster Rosa Rossi changed the locks of six vacant properties without the owners’ knowledge.
Three were in the western Victorian city of Willaura and the rest in the suburbs of Melbourne, Malvern, Chadstone and Brooklyn.
Former Victoria Police sergeant Rosa Rossi (pictured) posed as a landlord for six vacant properties and collected rent between April 2016 and June 2017
Pictured: a rural property in Lara that Rossi attempted to acquire in October 2019
The 57-year-old took over the houses between April 2016 and June 2017, rented out some and used false documents and her job as a police officer to hide her tracks.
She misused the police database to get information about vacant properties and at one point went to the Melbourne municipal office in uniform to ask for an owner’s number.
When a concerned neighbor called the police after seeing Rossi in a house in Willaura, she said she was an officer, had keys, and bought the property.
Rossi eventually resigned from the Victoria Police Department and pleaded guilty to nine charges, including obtaining property through fraud, perjury and unauthorized access to police information following an investigation into corruption.
She was depressed at the time and was committing fraud in a deluded attempt to build a real estate investment portfolio, the County Court of Victoria was told Friday.
Judge Martine Marich described Rossi as an “energetic fraud.”
“It feels somewhat delusional,” the judge also said of the attempt to acquire the properties through a legal process known as adverse property.
Rossi (pictured) fraudulently took over three houses in the western Victorian town of Willaura and three in the suburbs of Melbourne, Malvern, Chadstone and Brooklyn
This allows a person to acquire ownership of a property if he can prove that he owns it for at least 15 years.
One of Rossi’s victims, a retired worker, described himself as angry, stupid and used.
After jumping from the man’s house at Willaura, Rossi assured the owner that she was a police officer and convinced him to sell him the property.
The sale fell through when Rossi was unable to get a loan and her lies were unraveled.
“I didn’t think it was right for a police officer to deal with something fraudulent,” he said.
“I was gutted. I felt like an idiot.
“I still don’t know why she did this.”
In October 2019, Rossi attempted to purchase an estate in Lara, southwest of Melbourne, claiming to represent a company called Sweet Georgia Real Estate Investments, The age reported.
She wrote a letter to the owner of the Bacchus Marsh Road estate and asked to arrange the deal within a week.
Rossi claimed she was “buying and buying investment property and assisting sellers.”
The owner replied, “The opportunity to complete a home in seven days is ridiculous and insulting … I’ve tried to google your business and the only information on the public forum is an ongoing investigation by IBAC.”
Prosecutor Peter Pickering said that Rossi acted brutally, abused her position of authority and deserved to be jailed.
She continues to work on a farm on bail and as a hairdresser, hoping to get a job with Coles, was told the court.
She will return to court on June 12.
Rossi (photo) pleaded guilty to nine charges, including obtaining property through deception, perjury and unauthorized access to police intelligence.