Police: Charleston County deputy scammed woman with fake apartment rental

Kaitlyn Daniels

A Charleston County deputy scammed a California woman by advertising a fake apartment rental on Folly Beach, according to police.

Kaitlyn Daniels, 22, who was an officer at the detention center, was arrested on a charge of financial identity fraud Wednesday and put on administrative leave without pay, according to Maj. Eric Watson.

According to an incident report from Folly Beach police, on Jan. 10, a 52-year-old woman reported that she had driven from Anaheim, Calif., to move into a one-bedroom apartment at 113 E. Arctic Ave. She thought she had rented Apartment 307 at that address through an advertisement on Craiglist, which included photos of the pier and the beachfront. When she arrived on Folly Beach, she discovered there was no Apartment 307 at that address.

The woman said she been corresponding by email with a Zona Bentley and had deposited $3,768 into an account for rent and security deposit. The account was in the name of Kaitlyn Daniels, according to the report. Daniels remained in the Charleston County jail Thursday morning on $10,000 bail.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.