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Crime Trackers: Man of Fraud

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TUCSON - A man posing as a man of God, and claiming to do the Lord's work, is conning people out of thousands of dollars. He's a convicted felon who Pima County Sheriff's detectives said is up to his old tricks.

Appearing in a 2012 YouTube video, Gerald Brenner introduced himself as Pastor Brenner from Gila River.

“I believe he defrauded hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims of the past 5 years,” said victim Nigel Morgan.

Morgan added, he also lied to his victims. 

“He appeared legitimate as a contractor. He claimed he was a licensed contractor, licensed to move manufactured homes,” said Morgan.

News 4 Tucson checked online and didn't see his name listed in the Arizona Registrar of Contractors .

Morgan is just one of five victims the Pima County Sheriff's Department said Gerald Brenner defrauded. 

“These are victims from Pima County, from Scottsdale - they go as far as California,” Tom Peine, spokesman for PCSD said. 

Victims said he placed ads on Craigslist selling manufactured homes. That's how Nigel Morgan came in contact with Brenner. 

“I determined through research that he didn't actually own the home whatsoever," said Morgan. "He'd actually sold that home to four or five other persons as well as myself.”

Morgan's research came after Brenner didn't deliver the manufactured home as promised in Dec. 2014. The homes were not delivered even after agreements were signed and receipts given for the cash down payments.

“There was no mobile home, there's no money refund, there's no nothing,” Peine said.

Except for some very angry victims who lost money. investigators said one victim lost $10,000. He went to Brenner's home and confronted him. 

Peine said when the victim arrived, “Brenner is in the process of moving out of his house. He talks to the victim and says he has no money that he could give him because he's spent all his money gambling.”

“I believe it is a lie and he is keeping the money somewhere,” said Morgan.

In the 2012, Gerald Brenner touched on his problems in a sermon on YouTube; problems that only got worse in 2015.

“I got legal situations, I got fears, I got a worries," he said. "I got things I'm dealing with from the past that I can't get rid of.”

So how could so many people be conned by Gerald Brenner?

Morgan said, “He is a skilled con artist.”

Brenner also developed a rapport with his victims, and told them he was doing the God's work.

“God's work was transformed into Lucifer's work more accurately,” Morgan said.

The PCSD detectives believe that Gerald Brenner may have left the state. 

If you have any information you are urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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