Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rachael Smith, Alleged Craigslist Apartment Scammer, Hit With 14 Additional Fraud Counts

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

click to enlarge Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
  • Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
Rachael Smith, the woman accused of renting out the same Richmond District flat to scores of would-be tenants and then absconding with more than $100,000, did indeed make her hearing this morning.

It wasn't a pleasant encounter. Smith was charged with 14 additional counts of fraud, bringing the total to 18 felony charges. As a result, the legion of victims' estimated losses grew from $20,000 to $110,000. And Smith was re-arrested on the spot and jailed.

While prosecuting attorney Evan Ackiron asked for bail to be set at $175,000, Judge Donna Little assigned a bail of $30,000. That was deemed reasonable by Inspector John Monroe, the police investigator on the case.

"The judge made the very good point that if Rachael is in jail, she can't make money to pay restitution," he noted. "Rachael told the court she has some job interviews. She is currently looking to become employed."

The sheriff's department confirmed moments ago that Smith is currently booking into county jail. She is due in court again on Oct. 18. Among other subjects, the terms of her bail will be discussed once more.

Smith told the court she is currently residing in Orange County. Monroe is uncertain what manner of job she is in the hunt for. When asked if it was one involving the handling of money, he replied "I would hope not."

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF

and @SFWeekly

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Bio:
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"