Woman arrested for allegedly stealing identities of victims she met on dating websites
People are often told that the key to success is capitalizing on their strengths, but one woman took the advice too far.
43-year-old Maria Christina Johnson has made a rather comfortable living by using her charm, good looks, and ability to concoct convincing stories to insert herself into people's lives, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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She has reportedly a long history of then stealing not only their identities, but going after her victims' families and friends as well.
In late April, Johnson was arrested at a luxury resort in Santa Barbara, California where she had allegedly racked up an estimated $250,000 under someone else's name, notes the Washington Post.
She is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday and is currently being held on a $2 million bond.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Johnson met many of her marks through dating sites and home rental marketplaces.
Her recent arrest is not her first. In the past decades, she has been convicted and jailed a number of times for offenses in Washington, Oregon, and California.
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