Woman pleads guilty to renting out homes…that she doesn’t own
“Undocumented” real estate agent comes up with unique strategy
A woman in the Prince George’s area outside the nation’s capital who claimed to be a real estate agent has pleaded guilty to renting out homes she neither owned nor managed, DC Crimes reports.
Prosecutors said Shannon Lee, 31, of Cheltenham, Md., is under investigation for three more cases in which she’s accused of finding empty homes and renting them to others without the knowledge of the actual owners.
Lee’s scheme was uncovered in May 2013, the state attorney's office says, after the owner of a Cheltenham property discovered someone living at their house and that the locks had been changed.
The owner tracked down Lee, who said she was a real estate agent and claimed that she bought the house at a tax sale.
But the problem is that Lee is not registered as a licensed real estate agent with the Maryland Real Estate Commission.
But she is very crafty. And she even has a Realtor style photo.
Shannon Lee/DC Crime
"Officers found that the house had not been sold at a tax sale, and that Lee broke into the home, changed the locks herself and had been charging a tenant $1,650 a month to live in the house, valued at $225,000," DC Crime reports. Lee pleaded to second-degree burglary in the case, and to forgery in another case in which she falsified invoices and check requests in the amount of $82,000.
Lee also is facing charges of theft and unauthorized use of a credit card for allegedly using a card registered to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, prosecutors said.