Despite the numerous questions about the legitimacy of Johnson’s quitclaim deed, Johnson maintains that Al Reyami gave her the property.
Johnson told 9Wants to Know in emails and over the phone that she had been helping Al Reyami take care of the house. She said in one email, “the house required many things in order to keep it from falling into disrepair.”
Johnson sent 9Wants to Know pictures that she said she took inside the house.
“There is a before picture of the main level bedroom and an after pic. And there is a before pic of the kitchen and dining room and an after pic,” she said in the email.
Dominique Johnson sent these four photos to 9Wants to Know in an email, and said they were taken inside the house.
But one of the pictures did not seem to match the others.
That photo included mounds of trash, including an apparent carton of mustard and an old, beat-up television set. The floor was not visible due to all the trash. Nothing about the image seemed to fit in the house.
Using the Google reverse image search tool, 9Wants to Know found that the same picture appeared in blogs, on Pinterest, and in articles, including this one from Entertainment Weekly, which indicated that the picture originated in a 2009 episode of the show “Hoarders" -- not the inside of Al Reyami’s house.
9Wants to Know also reviewed the episode of Hoarders, season 2, episode 1, and recognized the living room from the photo. It showed the inside of a house in Gretna, LA.
Johnson ended that same email with the following: “My hope is that you get what you need to see that this story (your version of it anyway) makes zero sense. In order for it to make sense, I’d have to be ignorant and destitute and reckless. And I’m none of those things.”
Johnson did not respond to follow up questions.
Court records show Johnson has been accused of theft and forgery more than once.
In 2002, Johnson misrepresented herself as a college professor in order to get free rent, according to the arrest affidavit. The affidavit also said, “Dominique supplied signed documents to Barbara (the landlord) as proof of a grant for rental assistance.”
A mugshot of Dominique Johnson taken in 2011.
The affidavit for arrest warrant continued “Barbara ultimately went through the civil process to evict Dominique from the house.”
Johnson pleaded guilty to theft and received a deferred judgment, meaning the case was later dismissed.
In 2008, she pleaded guilty to another theft charge after she used her mother’s signature to authorize payment for a “tummy tuck” and a breast augmentation, racking up a bill for $11,709.
And in 2010 - Johnson pleaded guilty and received another deferred judgment for impersonating a Denver police officer in an attempt to get someone to pay her back money she was owed.
By the time 9Wants to Know uncovered Johnson’s extensive criminal history, she was no longer responding to questions.
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