Craigslist apartment scammer sentenced to two years in prison

Rachael Marie Smith was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for taking money from 18 renters she found on Craigslist

The woman accused of swindling would-be renters in San Francisco out of money in a Craigslist scam will have a new place to reside: state prison.

Rachael Marie Smith was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for taking money from 18 renters she found on Craigslist, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Smith resided in an apartment in the 5600 block of California Street in San Francisco and posted notices on Craigslist to rent the apartment, prosecutors said. When people who were interested called her, Smith showed the apartment, had them fill out applications and then took a security deposit and first month’s rent from 18 victims.

Though she took approximately $5,000 form each of the 18 victims, prosecutors say she had no intention of renting the apartment out. Smith took approximately $110,000 total.

On Aug 29, 2011, Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of grand theft.

Before pleading guilty in court, however, Smith did skip court dates and go on the lam.

As part of the plea entered Friday, Smith will serve her two years in state prison and pay restitution to all of the victims.

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