​Jessica Carde Charged In Real Estate Scheme​​

By: | 03/20/2013 06:09 PM ET

Jessica Carde is a woman who pretended to be a millionaire in search of a new home, but now she’s been charged with at least a dozen felonies.

Jessica Carde Charged

The 58-year-old is on the run after Seattle police issued a warrant for her arrest after a series of theft charges stemming from her lavish mansion-hopping scheme.

She would suggest lease-purchase agreements, where the interested party pays small sums to the homeowner over time until they eventually purchase the home outright.

Carde would never get passed a few payments before alleging that her identity had been stolen and the great lines of credit that she had previously boasted about disappeared as a result.

Her alleged crime spree goes back for years, as she and her husband lost their $650,000 home in a foreclosure in 2006.

Since then, she has been living in a series of luxury homes throughout Washington state.

There are at least three instances where she convinced homeowners who were looking to sell their mansions that she was well-off and extremely interested in eventually purchasing the properties.

When tensions rose following the disappearing illusion of wealth, she allegedly turned to the authorities and made false police reports when the homeowners threatened to evict her. In one case she claimed the male owner said he would burn the house down around her, and in another she was allegedly threatened with imminent death.

Carde then decided to look for individual men willing to lend her money.

Not only would she convince wealthy homeowners to let her live in their mansions with the expectation that she would eventually buy it from her, but she even convinced an ailing stroke victim to allow her to test out “brain wires” on him in order to “cure” his ailments.

Police reports do not state how she met one elderly benefactor, but somehow she convinced him to lend her $142,100.

The unidentified man suffered a stroke in 2010, and given her ficitious background as a brain wave specialist, she convinced the man’s wife to allow her to use her talents on him.

“She said she could cure (him) with ‘brain wires’ and convinced his wife … to let her try. Carde placed electrodes on (his) head to “blast the clot away,” investigator Steven Sherman told the court.

Carde tried to obtain a power of attorney letter to have control of the man’s finances but his family interjected. She then told police that the man’s wife was trying to kill him, and Carde was subsequently banned from the facility where he was being treated.