Managers of an apartment complex in east Charlotte say they have no idea who is behind a letter that showed up Sunday morning on doors all over the complex warning that residents with "irregularities" in their immigration papers would have to move by the end of July or risk being reported to immigration officials.
"Of course I believed it, at first," said Carolina Diaz, who found a flier on her door just before 9 am Sunday.
The flier suggested that a new North Carolina law required apartment complexes to stop renting to people who may not be legal U.S. residents. But Diaz began to wonder if the law was real, and when she searched on line she found it does not exist.
She contacted the managers of the complex, who found fliers all over the property.
"So we immediately took them all down. We contacted the home office to make sure they didn't write the letters, and they didn't," said Verla Shafer, who manages the property, whose residents are primarily Latino.
"We stopped people driving down the street to tell them, 'This is false, we didn't put out this letter, please don't move,'" she said.
And almost as soon as they got this letter, the apartment complex came out with a flier of their own, and signs saying that what was on that notice was false.
Shafer contacted police who told her that they don't believe any crime had been committed, which leaves the complex to work on the investigation alone.
But she said they may have a lead -- some residents said they saw a white man with glasses driving a black Mercedes-Benz putting up the fliers, and she is hoping that they will be able to identify him.
"He did talk with one of my residents and told them he worked for the company, but it's not true," she said.