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Friday, October 28, 2011

Rachael Marie Smith, Craigslist Apartment Scammer, Sentenced to Jail

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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San Francisco's sub-letter from hell, Rachael Marie Smith, was sentenced to two years in state prison for swindling 18 potential renters in a crazy apartment scam on Craigslist.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Smith advertised her Richmond District apartment on Craigslist, and collected deposits and first-month's rent from the 18 victims with no intention of letting them move in.

In total, Smith collected $110,000 from her victims -- money that only bought her a not-so-spacious cell in state prison.

In August, Smith pled guilty to three counts of grand theft, admitting she took the money with no plans of actually letting any of the would-be renters move in. She is now required to repay the money in restitution.

"Smith stole over $100,000 from unsuspecting individuals who thought they secured a place to live in a competitive rental market," said District Attorney George Gascón.  "We hope this case sends a message that stealing people's hard-earned money can result in time in prison."

Does this mean her apartment is for rent now?

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