Police say a bankrupt Orange County man recorded deeds on a dozen vacant homes he didn't own in four Southern California counties and rented them out.
Investigators say Blair Hanloh used the deeds to placate police who were contacted by neighbors who feared foreclosed homes were invaded by squatters.
Anaheim police St. Rick Martinez says Hanloh, who ran the real estate scam from a massage clinic, was arrested Friday and booked for investigation of felony grand theft, filing a false instrument and breaking and entering. Hanloh was later released on $50,000 bail.
Most of the homes were foreclosures in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties.
Orange County prosecutors are investigating.