Call me at (661) 255-3335 or email me and I will provide you with the property owner information.
Also, file a complaint with your local civil court (small claims division) where the incident happened. It's inexpensive plus if you win (you likely will), the person will have to pay you your money back plus court fees.
If this turns out to be fraud, contact your local police.
Cheryl Garner, Mortgage Expert
Fairview Mortgage Capital, Inc.
Laura Ashley Homes at Keller Williams
310-696-9371 - cell phone
With his name I can also see if he owns other property under his name (as opposed to an LLC) & figure out which house is probably his primary residence (or with the rental in question if he has that place under an LLC it would also help to track him down). Once you have that, you could seriously just call the police & say he STOLE your money, which he actually DID. Then they can go & ARREST him.
If he is with a brokerage, and I can find this out for you, you go to his broker 1st, say "One of your agents STOLE $2,500 from me, I'm going to file an Ethics complain with the board & with the State Licensing Board & against him & your co. & I'm going to call the police & have him arrested, do you want to give him a call? Maybe he can come on down to the office right now with my money so I don't have to embarrass him & your company" & get a reporter over here from Fox 5 news station.
If you would like me to check on these things, it will seriously only take me about 10min. max, please email me directly as I won't look back for replies on this same Trulia posting.
The court has free advisers, it's really simple if you follow the procedures.
IMMEDIATELY send a certified letter demanding a full refund the follow up with the site I sent you.
RETURN OF DEPOSITS
see what your rights are and take the appropriate action...small claims is fast and simple.
you would first need to send a demand for payment, certified mail.
I say this becausse he is a FORMER Coldwell Banker Realtor. If he is still licensed, you could contact the state Div of Real Estate.
Sorry to hear about your situation. I would either contact an attorney if I were in your position, or sue the landlord in small claims court for the amount you are owed. Good luck with your situation - hope it is resolved without too much hassle.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage