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Daily Real Estate News  |  January 7, 2011  |   Couple Found Squatting in Upscale Foreclosure
An Orange County, Calif., couple has been arrested on charges stemming from squatting in a foreclosed home in a luxurious Newport Beach neighborhood, city prosecutors say. The couple squatted for more than three months before they were discovered, authorities say.

Chis Wayne Duncan, 42, and Robin Ann Duncan, 36, face charges of second-degree burglary, among other charges.

Prosecutors say the couple hired a private investigator to locate foreclosed and vacant homes in Orange County. They then had fake leases drafted so utility companies would change utility bills to put it under their name as renters, authorities say. After an appraiser tried to enter the home, prosecutors say the couple had the locks changed.

Source: “DA: Couple Squatted in Ritzy Newport Beach Foreclosure, Put Utilities in Their Name,” Associated Press (Jan. 6, 2011)

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