Man ‘stalked’ victims from jail

Gets two years and eight months in prison
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A man who a Placer County prosecutor calls a “con artist” managed to stalk victims while sitting behind bars for theft-related charges. Christopher Allen Braun, 27, told fellow inmates he was rich and owned a house in Granite Bay. But the home was actually owned by a 51-year-old woman. Braun gave out the address and secret code numbers to open the gates and deactivate the house alarm. He told friends and former Placer County Jail inmates that they could stay at the house whenever they wanted and use vehicles parked there. His actions resulted in the felony charge of stalking. The former Florida resident has been sent to state prison for a series of crimes, including the stalking charge. The unwanted visits by Braun’s friends have shaken the 51-year-old owner so badly that she is now trying to sell the house, said prosecutor Charlotte Baillie of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, in a press release. The crimes came to light Jan. 12 when Braun pled no contest to felony charges of stalking and identity theft before Placer County Superior Court Judge Frances Kearney, who sentenced him to two years and eight months in a state prison. Braun also pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of violating a restraining order, and he admitted that he had violated his felony probation. The defendant was on probation and was serving a 300-day jail term in another case in which he had been convicted on three felony counts of theft. Baillie said Braun came into the lives of three women last summer when he began dating one of the female victims, who was 27. In August, the two moved into an apartment with an 85-year-old woman, and Braun paid the rent with a check in which he forged his girlfriend’s name without her knowledge. A month later, Braun, who often posed as a military intelligence officer and wore military clothing to continue that ruse, and his girlfriend moved in with the girlfriend’s 51-year-old aunt, who lived in a gated community in Granite Bay. After the girlfriend broke up with Braun, the women learned that Braun had used the aunt’s personal information in an attempt to obtain credit cards, Baillie said. The charge of identity theft was a result of Braun conning a fellow jail inmate into giving him personal information such as the inmate’s social security number, driver’s license number, birth date and mother’s maiden name. Baillie said Braun’s former girlfriend has since moved from the Granite Bay home. ~ Sena Christian