Police Officer Jailed for Claiming Vacant Homes as Her Devour Below ‘Squatter’s Rights’

An Australian police officer has been jailed over an account for rip-off that saw her claiming vacant homes below so-called “squatter’s rights” in reveal to carry her property portfolio.

Rosa Rossi, 57, outmoded Victoria Police’s inner database to seek up homes that had been untenanted for a timeframe and claimed them as her have, changing the locks and seizing them below the regulation of detrimental possession: a thought whereby a particular person acquires true ownership over property essentially based mostly mostly on steady occupation, without the permission of its staunch true owner.

Between 2016 and 2017, Sergeant Rossi claimed six vacant properties with a collective fee of more than $2.6 million AUD. She subsequently leased out two of these and earned a entire of $13,000 in rent, essentially based mostly mostly on the ABC.

After changing the locks on the vacant properties—which were split between Melbourne and the agricultural city of Willaura—Rossi would contact the local council and post a switch of address contain so that any correspondence for the categorical owner would be redirected to herself. 

Generally she even posed because the dwelling house owners—most of whom were interstate or out of the country—and at one point went to a neighborhood council in her police uniform to query the particulars of somebody who owned a condo she wanted. After buying the house owners’ particulars she contacted him, claiming she’d been called to the dwelling following police reviews of squatters, and acknowledged she’d secured the property and would preserve it for him.

Australian Connected Press reviews that Rossi outmoded counterfeit documents and her space as a sergeant to conceal her tracks.

Following an Impartial Sizable-essentially based mostly mostly Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) investigation, Rossi pleaded responsible in Might to obtaining property by deception and perjury offences, and modified into once this week sentenced to four years and 6 months within the again of bars.

She is the first female member of Victoria’s police force to ever be jailed.

Judge Martine Marich acknowledged Rossi’s behaviour challenged the “very coronary heart of property ownership”.

“This is grave offending aggravated by your space as a serving, sworn and senior police officer,” Marich declared. “These were the owner’s non-public properties. They were worth essential sums. You violated the sanctity of these properties alongside with your brazen acts.”

Rossi will must wait on two years and four months of her sentence earlier than she is eligible for parole.

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