Squatter pleads guilty after CBS46 investigation exposes her - CBS46 News

Squatter pleads guilty after CBS46 investigation exposes her tactics

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The focus of a CBS46 investigation pleaded guilty Friday for squatting in a home in DeKalb County. 

Daquisha Barber, 33, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $7,800 restitution to the owner of the home, Valister Wilson. 

"I'm happy it's over. It's a long time coming. Justice was served," said Wilson. 

CBS46 exposed Barber last year after she admitted before a judge and a news camera that a broker had rented the house in Ellenwood to her and she had paid $7,800 up front.

Authorities could not find the broker and Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Canavan said bank records show Barber never wrote a check in that amount. 

Barber moved her family into the home in February 2013 and used court hearings and court filings to delay eviction for more than four months.

DeKalb County Marshals arrested Barber on Jul. 1, 2013 and evicted her and her five children the same day.

Subsequent investigation by DeKalb County Police led to identity fraud charges which were dropped as part of the plea deal. Barber pleaded guilty to perjury, forgery, making false statements and theft of services.

"I have not spoken to her," said Wilson. "I don't believe she's remorseful. I think she's the type of person who feels like someone else is responsible for everything she does." 

Canavan said she wanted to pursue a prison sentence until she learned Barber's mother and sister had been murdered in Atlanta when Barber was 12 years old. 

Wilson said the ordeal has cost him more than $15,000 in home repairs and attorney fees and that doesn't include the lost rental income.

According to the plea deal, if Barber doesn't pay the $7,800 within 30 days she could have her probation revoked and be sentenced to the maximum 45 years in prison.

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