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article imageWoman accused of fraudulently residing in various mini-mansions

By Larry Clifton     Mar 18, 2013 in Crime
Seattle - An accused con artist on the run, she assumes identities and careers somewhat like a chameleon changes colors to match surrounding terrain in order to hide from predators.
Her career choices include working as a hypnotherapist, life-coach and neurobiofeedback technician. But Jessica Carde, 58, herself accused of being a predator, attracted the attention of prosecutors in King County, Washington by hopping from mini-mansion to mini-mansion across King and Snohomish counties.
Prosecutors say Carde lied about her residence and financial interests in area homes and cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars while at the same time defrauding several lenders whom she convinced she was a rich identity-theft victim.
Prosecutors say Carde, whose aliases include Jessica Hartman, Juanita Hofseth-Lammer and Juanita Frye, is alleged to have bilked at least seven people and three banks since 2006.
Carde, yet to be apprehended, faces 12 felony counts, including four first-degree theft charges.
Among her alleged scams, prosecutors say Carde pretended to jump start the brain of a stroke victim who loaned her $140,000. After the man’s family determined her “brain wires” were attached to a fake device, Carde is alleged to have spread rumors that the man's wife was attempting to kill him. Meanwhile Carde was attempting to gain control over the victim’s financial affairs.
Among her scams, Carde is alleged to have accused five people of committing crimes they did not commit, including a man she accused of threatening her life, according to Deputy Prosecutor Hugo Torres.
Carde and her husband had been living in a $650,000 home before it was foreclosed on in 2006. That’s when Carde is alleged to have conned her way into a number of luxury homes in Western Washington under the pretense of purchasing them.
Investigators say Carde presented documents that showed she was a successful business owner who had ample cash for a down payment.
When it was time to write a check for the down payment, Carde would claim to have had her identity stolen before attempting to talk the homeowner into a lease option.
When property owners would evict her, Carde retaliated against them by making false police reports.
Citing a lengthy profile published in Seattle Weekly, Torres said Carde had been accused of kidnapping her own children during the late 1980s, however was not convicted in that case.
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