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Woman arrested in alleged home-rental scam

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Isha Mae Seaborn, 40, of Austell, said her stepdaughter has yet to get back nearly $1,000 that a Lithonia woman allegedly accepted as payment for renting a Jonesboro home, that had allegedly also been rented to another family.

"I'm so glad she got caught, because people are having a hard time everywhere, and who is she to take from them?" Seaborn said Friday.

The alleged suspect is Chiquita Jackson Nance, 30, of Lithonia. Fulton County Police arrested Nance Thursday, after her alleged scam victims arranged to meet Nance at a College Park home to confront her, then called police, according to a Fulton County Police incident report.

According to the report, Officer Dauda Sannoh, Jr., was dispatched to 2655 Hallie Mill Rd., in College Park, around 8 p.m., Thursday. Sannoh observed a "brief altercation" at the entrance of the home, according to the police report.

"I later observed Chiquita Nance [ alleged offender] fleeing on foot from the entrance towards the rear of the building into the nearby bushes," the officer said. "After a brief foot pursuit, she was apprehended and detained," he said.

According to the police report, the complainant, Isha Seaborn, told police that Nance had rented a home located at 6921 Doncaster Lane, in Jonesboro, to her daughter, Marquita Seaborn, as well as to two other persons, named Catina Simms and Vonda Crippen. The alleged victims told police that Nance identified herself as Kenya Nicholson, according to the report.

Nance had placed the Jonesboro home on Craigslist for rent, "but she was not hired as an authorized agent by the home owner," the police report said.

"They [alleged victims] advised that they later decided to request another home for rent from the offender, in an attempt to catch her at the new location [Hallie Mill Road, College Park] when they arrived for a tour," Sannoh said in the report.

The complainants told police that when they confronted Nance, she attempted to flee, "so they held her down and called the police," Sannoh wrote in the report.

Nance was transported to the Fulton County Jail, and charged with obstruction. Officer Kevin Hughes, a spokesman for the Clayton County Police Department, said Friday that a Clayton Police detective is investigating the case, and communicating with Fulton County Police to positively identify Nance as the person who allegedly scammed persons in Clayton County.

"It was terrible. I couldn't believe this was really happening," Seaborn said Friday. "If there are any other victims of this lady, they really need to come forward, because the more proof we have, the easier it's going to be [to prosecute]," she said.