CALDWELL, Idaho — A judge has denied a request from a Canyon County couple to expedite the eviction of a stranger who moved into their vacant home after she entered into a fake lease with someone who claimed to be the owner of the property.

KTVB-TV reports ( that Brian and Renae Prindle have been trying to get Debra Smith out of their Nampa home since they discovered she was living there in March. But Smith says she can’t afford to move anywhere else after paying more than $1,500 in rent and deposits.

The Prindles argued in court Monday that Smith has been using drugs at the home. But the judge denied the couple’s request to expedite the eviction based on those claims and ruled that they must go through the traditional eviction process.

Smith denies using drugs and says she and the couple are both victims.

Information from: KTVB-TV,

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