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Renting Out A Home You Don't Own Has A Name: Burglary

That house not yours? Then don't rent it out.
That house not yours? Then don't rent it out.

A Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to renting out a Prince George's County home she did not own.

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said today that 31-year-old Shannon Lee pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree burglary. According to Alsobrooks, Lee rented out a home in Cheltenham that was vacant and going through the foreclosure process.

Below are all the details:

In May 2013, the actual owner of the Cheltenham house went to the residence to check the mail and inspect the interior of the property. Upon arrival, she found a lockbox on the door and thought that the bank may have contracted a realtor to sell the house. Later in May, the owner returned to the house, after verifying with the bank that she and her husband were still the registered owners, but she found that the house was occupied and the locks had been changed.

It was at this time that the owner met Lee, who claimed that she worked for a company called, “Here For You Now, LLC” and that she had bought the house at a tax sale. When Lee was unable to provide proof of ownership, the rightful homeowner contacted police who began an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, police found that all tax payments on the house were current and the house had not been sold at a tax sale. Police also learned that the cell phone number Lee had given to the homeowner was a number for Delta Exclusive Reality, where Lee was listed as an agent. While the company had a physical address in Largo, its mailing address was a P.O. box in Clinton.

Officers were able to obtain a search warrant for Lee’s residence, her personal vehicle and the P.O. box. Evidence recovered proved that Lee had illegally entered the house and changed the locks so she would be able to rent it for her own personal gain. Lee had been charging the tenant, $1,650 a month to live in the $225K house.

Lee also pleaded guilty to forging checks in a different case.

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