Woman behind home rental scam given prison term

Dianne 'Harmony' Brown violated probation

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Chula Vista woman who was behind an elaborate home rental scam is headed to prison.

On Wednesday afternoon, a judge sentenced 46-year-old Dianne "Harmony" Brown to eight years and eight months in prison for violating her probation last year.

In 2012, Brown was convicted of running a scheme in which she filed false documents to obtain foreclosed homes, rented them out and pocketed the money.

She was sentenced to three years probation and work furlough, but a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to report to work furlough in October.

On Christmas Eve, Brown was taken into custody by deputies when she showed up at a courthouse to file a civil lawsuit against the investigators and prosecutors involved in her case. Brown even accused Deputy District Attorney Patty Herian of forging documents that got her convicted.

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