South Portland police say a woman who was advertising an apartment on Craigslist and then collecting security deposits from prospective tenants didn’t own or manage the property – the South Portland Housing Authority did.

South Portland police received two complaints Wednesday from victims saying they responded to the Craigslist ad for an apartment on Grandview Avenue.

One of the victims arranged to meet the woman, Lisa Hinerman, 26, who police described as a Portland-area transient, at a Portland hotel this morning. Instead officers met Hinerman and charged her with two counts of felony theft by deception. Hinerman has a lengthy criminal history including for theft, police said.

Police say the total loss from the alleged scam is $1,800.