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Woman who made national headlines guilty of stealing home

Qiana Johnson, who made national headlines for an alleged scheme to steal houses, was found guilty of a second property theft
Qiana Johnson

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Qiana Johnson, who made national headlines for an alleged scheme to steal houses, was found guilty for a second property theft in Prince George's County.

ABC NEWS covered Qiana Johnson and an associate in a story last year. According to the story Johnson and Shannon Lee possibly stole six homes and planned to steal more than a dozen others.

Later, Johnson was found guilty of a home theft in Cheltenham. Friday, she was found guilty of felony theft over $100,000 and conspiracy to commit theft in another case.

The charges stem from an incident in 2013, when she convinced a friend to help her steal the home of an Upper Marlboro woman who had died in 2010. A relative was unable to continue paying the mortgage so he or she turned the property over to the bank. The relative believed the home had been foreclosed.

Johnson told Shamika Staggs that the former property owner was a relative and that she inherited the property and needed Staggs to help limit her tax liability.

According to officials, a false deed was filed that allowed Staggs to illegally take possession of the $380,000 property. In the fall of 2013, Johnson and Staggs took a copy of the forged deed to a D.C. title and escrow company for a property settlement. They then sold the property to an investment group that deposited more than $197,000 into an account with Johnson and Staggs' names.

Officials say Staggs then withdrew $17,000 from the account. Johnson wired $126,000 into her own account.

Staggs was later charged with forgery and theft. She pleaded guilty to the charges.

Johnson is awaiting sentencing for both cases on June 15.

"Ms. Johnson is a very deceptive individual who will go to great lengths for personal monetary gain," said Alsobrooks. "The fact that she devised this complex scheme shows that she is capable of being an intelligent woman. Unfortunately she chose to use her skills for illegal activities and we cannot and will not tolerate this type of behavior here in Prince George's County."

Johnson's bond was revoked following Thursday's guilty verdict.