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Warrants issued in alleged rental scam

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have obtained arrest warrants, for a Norcross woman, on eight charges in connection with an alleged home-rental scam.

According to court records, Chiquita Jackson Nance, 30, is accused of accepting money from four women as down payment to lease the same house in Jonesboro -- all within days of one another.

According to Clayton County Magistrate Court arrest warrants, Nance accepted $950 from Marquita Seaborn, and $450 from Catina Simms, on or about Oct. 29, to lease a house located at 6921 Doncaster Road, in Jonesboro.

On Nov. 3, Nance allegedly accepted $975 from Tessa Carter, and $500 from Angela Burton on Nov. 4, as down payment to lease the same property at 6921 Doncaster Road, the arrest warrants state. The warrants against Nance are for four counts each of theft by deception and forgery.

Nance allegedly attempted to lease the homes by creating the false impression that she was a real estate agent with authority to lease the property, when she did not have the authority to do so, court records state.

"Nance gave ... a fictitious lease for the house, which was signed by Chiquita Nance, who identified herself as Kenya Nicholson, an agent for Georgia MLS listing," Clayton County Detective Lee Trawick wrote in an application filed to obtain the arrest warrants.

Trawick said Nance also let the potential renters into the home to show them the property. Court records do not indicate how Nance allegedly gained entry to the property.

On Oct. 29, Nance was arrested by Fulton County Police, after alleged victims arranged to meet her at a College Park home to confront her, then called police, according to a Fulton County Police incident report.

Nance attempted to flee the scene on foot when police arrived, the report states. She was apprehended, transported to the Fulton County Jail, and charged with obstruction, according to the incident report.

Nance bonded out of the Fulton County Jail Nov. 1, on $1,000 bond, jail officials said Tuesday.

The charges in Clayton County were filed Nov. 5, according to court records. Nance was not being held in the Clayton County Jail Tuesday night, according to jail officials.

It was not clear from court records whether Nance had an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.