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Shannon Lee Sentenced in Prince George's Co. Renting Scam

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    Shannon Lee

    A Prince George's County woman will spend six months in prison for renting out foreclosed homes she didn't own.

    Shannon Lee pleaded guilty on forgery and burglary charges last month, but she didn't show up to her initial sentencing July 11 -- prosecutors said she forged a doctor's note.

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    Lee would break into as many as nine foreclosed homes, forge deeds and rent them.

    “The burglary case involves her going and finding this property that’s a foreclosed property, entering it, taking photographs, using it almost as if it were her own, posting it on Craigslist, advertising this property as a rental property,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

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    Lavern Green was in the process of foreclosing her house on Reims Court in Upper Marlboro when she stopped by to collect her mail and noticed the house was occupied. Locks had been changed and a new family had moved into the house.

    "I couldn't get in my house. I didn't know what to think," Green said. "[Lee] was like, 'Oh I bought this house through a property tax sale in Upper Marlboro, that's what I do, that's my businesses.' She even offered to help me buy a house."

    Lee faces five years of probation after her release, though more charges may be pending against her in similar schemes.

    "She took over the deed to my home. She said I was her mother, and I allowed her to take the house... that's all I know right now. Today's the first time [I'm seeing her]," Glynda Goings, another alleged victim, told News4. "I'll be back up to go to court when it's my time. She won't get away with this one."