Ex-Issaquah insurance agent pleads guilty to bilking seniors

November 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, a former Issaquah insurance agent, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $1 million from elderly clients.

Investigators said she then used the money to pay for online psychics and more.

Jamrus-Kassim pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court for stealing retirement funds. Investigators said five victims — Bellevue, Renton and Seattle seniors ranging in age from 74 to 90 — made out checks to the agent because they believed she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, investigators said she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry and a trip to Mexico.

The records also show large payments to online psychic advisers, including $20,000 in charges from one psychic website in a single month.

In March, investigators from the state Insurance Commissioner’s Office and the Washington State Patrol arrested Jamrus-Kassim at a Starbucks in Factoria.

Investigators suspect Jamrus-Kassim of stealing at least $1,052,088 from the victims between late 2007 and late 2009.

Jamrus-Kassim used to reside in the Issaquah Highlands, but had moved to Kent before the arrest. The former insurance agent is due in King County Superior Court again Nov. 18 for sentencing.

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