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Couple accused of squatting in vacant home

Chris Wayne Duncan, 42, and Robin Ann Duncan, 36, were arrested for allegedly squatting in a foreclosed home in a ritzy Newport Beach neighborhood.

January 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An Orange County couple was arrested for allegedly squatting in a foreclosed home in Newport Beach.The foreclosed property is located on 10 Hidden Pass in an exclusive gated community.

Authorities say 42-year-old Chris Wayne Duncan and 36-year-old Robin Ann Duncan hired a private investigator to locate foreclosed and vacant properties in Orange County. After finding the home on Hidden Pass, investigators say the pair drafted a fake lease so utility companies would put bills in their name as renters.

They are also accused of changing the locks after an appraiser tried to enter the property

Officials say the Duncans lived in the home for about three or four months.

They are both charged one felony count each of second degree burglary, conspiracy to comment second degree burglary, and unauthorized entry of dwelling. If convicted, they could face up to three years behind bars.