Mohave Valley Man arrested on fraud charges after taking up residence at home
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, a Mohave Valley man committed fraud when he allegedly used a forged lease agreement to justify occupying vacant property.
The property owner contacted deputies when he allegedly noticed unusual activity on the property’s electric bill. Deputies went to the property and found it to be occupied by Edward A. Phillips-Ellison, 30, who was living there with an unidentified woman and a child. Ellison provided deputies with a copy of his lease agreement, which appeared to have been signed by both Ellison and the property owner.
Deputies inquired with the property owner, who allegedly told them he never signed such an agreement with Ellison. Ellison and his companions did not have permission to be on the property, deputies said.
Deputies questioned Ellison Oct. 5, the report said, and Ellison told them all contact with the property had been made by phone and email. He could provide no emails to support such statements, the report said. Ellison allegedly told deputies a friend told him about the house and made the contract.
Ellison was arrested on charges of first degree criminal trespassing, second degree burglary, forgery and fraud. The case remains ongoing, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.