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Repeat offender illegally renting out homes to customers, police say

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detectives say a Charlotte woman is illegally renting out vacant homes to customers. WBTV first told you about Melee Tonga a few months ago.

According to Mecklenburg County records, Mele Tonga, 53, has nine arrests to her name in the past 18 months.

"I'd like her to stop. I want  her to stop," said CMPD Lt. Brian Foley, who has followed the Tonga case for months.

Foley says just last week, Tonga rented out two homes to customers in Northwest Charlotte.

"If somebody gives you a key but that key comes out of a realty box and not a key that comes out of the house, that ought to be a red flag," he said.

WBTV has tracked Tonga for months. Our last report aired on February 21. Five days later, she was back behind bars. Tonga bonded out of jail on April 18, and on May 7, Foley says she illegally rented out the two homes.

WBTV spoke to a woman who now lives in the house Tonga called home just a few months ago. The woman asked us not to identify her, but says Tonga confronted her at the front door on Tuesday.

"She was in my face and just told me she was coming back with the Sheriff and the FBI and it was a VA loan and now the government is involved. Everything she told me made no sense from what I know about real estate," the woman told WBTV.

WBTV caught up with Tonga by phone, but she would not agree to meet with us in person before our report.

"I'm working, I'm busy," she said.

We asked Tonga about the May 7 allegations. She told us, they are false.

"Wow. I wonder who they are talking about now because that's not true. I'm not renting no houses to anybody," she said.

Foley says his department is also investigating people that may be tied to Tonga's business, Aloha Advance Care.

WBTV checked and Mele Tonga is not a registered real estate agent in North Carolina.

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