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Accused Craigslist Apartment Scammer Turns Herself In, Accepts Plea Deal

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Rachael Marie Smith, the alleged Craigslist apartment scammer, turned herself in two weeks ago and has plead guilty to three counts of grand theft.

In 2010, Smith reportedly scammed at least 18 victims out of what they thought were apartment deposits. Smith accepted deposits ranging from $5,100 to $5,600 for an Inner Richmond apartment that she advertised on Craigslist. She'd then postpone the move-in date, and her victims wouldn't hear from her again. Eventually her bad behavior caught up with her, and Smith was initially arrested in July of last year on accusations that she bilked at least four would-be renters of a combined $20,000. That amount was later upped to $110,000 and 14 additional victims.

But she wasn't having it. Smith skipped town and some of her victims thought they'd never get their money back. "She'd be crazy to be hanging out here in the Bay Area," said one of her victims. "For everything else she may be, she's certainly smart."

But she was hanging out in the Bay Area! And she's now plead guilty to three counts of grant theft as part of a deal with prosecutors. The deal will put her in prison for two years and will require her to pay back all 18 of her victims.
· Renters Unite [Curbed SF]
· Horrible Scammer Expected to Strike a Plea Deal [Curbed SF]
· Alleged Apartment Deposit Scammer Is On the Run [Curbed SF]
· DA's Office: Alleged Apartment Scammer Ducking Plea Deal, On The Run [SF Appeal]
· Craigslist scammer admits to bilking would-be San Francisco renters [SF Examiner]