A home supposedly belonging to a woman accused in an elaborate rental scam was repossessed Wednesday.
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San Diego County sheriff's deputies served an eviction notice on a mansion in an upscale Eastlake neighborhood in Chula Vista. No one was home when the eviction notice was served, but whoever was there last left in a hurry.
10News cameras were allowed inside the $1.5 million home located at 2896 Gate 4 Place in Chula Vista. Inside, the 5,600-square-foot was a mess. Several ashtrays were filled with cigarette butts, laundry was scattered around the master bedroom and carpets were filthy.
The San Diego County District Attorney's Office said the woman who last lived there, Dianne "Harmony" Brown, filed fake deeds to seize 31 foreclosed South Bay homes. She would then rent them out and pocket the money, the district attorney's office alleged.
A search warrant obtained by 10News revealed the district attorney's office, Chula Vista Police Department and FBI had been investigating Brown and her business, Prudent Constituents Association.
The search warrant stated a district attorney's office investigator interviewed several of Brown's tenants. It also revealed "Brown receives over $3,000 per month from some of the properties in question."
If Brown received only $1,000 a month per property, she stood to make at least $30,000 a month.
Prosecutors said the mansion Brown was living in was one of the homes she allegedly seized illegally. A listing agent claims Brown illegally seized the mansion in August, moved in and started running her business out of some upstairs offices.
Authorities said Brown was still living in the mansion when she was arrested and charged with 61 felonies in February.
After Brown posted bail, she was ordered to stay away from the 31 properties involved in the case. However, Chula Vista police saw her leave the Gate 4 property a week later and arrested her again.
Brown has since bailed out again.
She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 26 at the downtown county courthouse.
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