COVINA – Stevan Ortiz and his girlfriend planned to move into a three-bedroom home on Calera Avenue on Thursday.
The couple – expecting their second child in June – gave notice at their apartment in Baldwin Park, bought a washer and dryer and even made plans to pick up a dog.
But Tuesday afternoon, Ortiz, 22, discovered he was among a group of people who appear to have been victims of real estate fraud.
“We made so many plans,” said Ortiz, who tried contacting the owner over the weekend. “I had this in the back of my mind when I couldn’t get ahold of him.”