Truckee police arrest two for Lake Tahoe-area rental fraud

Alexander Silviera, 29, and Haylay Brown, 21, arrested after allegedly using a fraudulent credit card to rent homes in Incline Village and Truckee. Nevada County Sheriff's Office photograph.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. (KOLO)-- The Truckee Police Department arrested a Nevada man and Oregon woman Wednesday after they allegedly rented property using fraudulent credit cards and allegedly caused thousands of dollars of damage at an Incline Village rental home.

Alexander Silviera, 29, and Haylay Brown, 21, have been charged with possessing stolen property, theft, providing false identification to a peace officer and being under the influence of heroin, the Truckee Police Department reported

More charges are pending in Washoe County for the Incline Village incident.

Truckee police said the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office notified them that Silviera and Brown rented a vacation home in Incline Village for several days and when the rental company checked out the home on Friday there was about $75,000 worth of damage to the home and theft of property.

The pair allegedly used a fraudulent credit card issued in a foreign country to rent the Incline Village property and that the card was being used to rent Truckee property.

Truckee Police went to the home about 11 a.m. March 7, 2018 and the two initially refused to come out of the house. Eventually, Silviera came out and police found Brown in the home. They recovered about $3,500 worth of property inside the Incline Village home, police said.

Truckee Police say people who are renting out their homes need to know the risk and should go through professional rental agencies that are insured.