CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A former Charlotte-area realtor accused of stealing appliances from vacant homes may serve five years in prison for the crime.
Sember Lynn Smathers, 49, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to steal government property.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Smathers used a master key to gain access to vacant HUD real estate and took the appliances. She allegedly did this at least once a week from Sept. 2008 to July 2009, and then sold the items from her home and a building she leased with co-conspirators.
Smathers is accused of stealing more than $13,000 worth of appliances from the vacant homes.
She’s been released on bond until sentencing. She could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.