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Newport couple sentenced for illegal squatting

February 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A husband and wife have been sentenced for conspiring to illegally occupy homes under foreclosure.

In a deal with the District Attorney, Chris Duncan, 43, and Robin Duncan, 37, of Newport Beach pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Prosecutors say Chris Duncan hired a private investigator to locate Orange County properties that were vacant and in foreclosure. The pair then drafted a fake lease, broke into a vacant home and moved in illegally.

The Duncans were each sentenced to three years of informal probation, credit for time served for eight days in jail and restitution. The amount will be determined at a later date.