A San Diego woman was sentenced to six months in jail for running a rental scam in which she advertised a room that didn't exist and stole $3,545 in room deposits from 10 people, the City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
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Jasmine Ford, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of petty theft.
According to prosecutors, Ford advertised a room for rent on Craigslist.com and PennySaverUSA.com. Using various fake names, including Letoya Jackson, Ford met with prospective tenants and required a cash payment of between $300 and $355 for the first month's rent.
Ford would then provide a written receipt and a key to the supposed apartment. The keys turned out to be bogus and the apartment non-existent.
Efforts by the victims to contact the defendant were unsuccessful. Prosecutors said she ran the scam between February and August of last year.
As part of her sentence, Ford was placed on probation for three years and ordered not to advertise a room for rent or make any other rental offer. If she violates probation, she will serve an additional six months behind bars. Ford was previously convicted of petty theft in August 2010.
The San Diego City Attorney's Office believes there may be other victims of Ford's rental scam. Anyone who may have been victimized or who has information about a potential victim should contact the City Attorney's Consumer Help Line at (619) 533-5600.
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