Is Chris Braun still in jail?
– Pat, Sacramento
Christopher Allen Braun, a former Florida man described by prosecutors as a “con artist,” was sentenced in January 2011 to two years and eight months in state prison after pleading no contest in Placer County Superior Court to charges of stalking and identity theft.
His name does not appear on current online rosters of California State Prison or Placer County Jail inmates.
According to a story in The Bee, Braun became acquainted with three women in summer 2010 when he began dating one of the women, who was 27. He and the woman moved into an apartment with an 85-year-old woman and Braun paid the rent with a check on which he forged his girlfriend’s name without her knowledge. A month later, Braun, – who, officials said, often posed as a military intelligence officer and wore military clothing – 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 he had used the aunt’s personal information in an attempt to obtain credit cards.
Braun was convicted of theft-related charges and sent to jail. But while in jail, he told fellow inmates that he was rich and owned the Granite Bay home. He gave them the code numbers to open the gates and deactivate the house alarm, telling the inmates and other friends that they could stay at the house and use the vehicles parked there.
At the time of Braun’s sentencing, the prosecutor said the former girlfriend had moved from the Granite Bay residence and the aunt was trying to sell the house because of visits by Braun’s friends.
Braun also was charged with identity theft for 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.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.