Sentencing is delayed for insurance agent responsible for bilking seniors

November 22, 2011

By Staff

Sentencing for the former Issaquah insurance agent convicted of swindling more than $1 million from elderly clients has been delayed until Dec. 9.

Jasmine Jamrus-Kassim, 49, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to 10 counts of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors reduced the number of charges from 21 as part of a plea deal.

Jamrus-Kassim was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 18, but the court continued the hearing until December after the defendant requested a different attorney.

Prosecutors said Jamrus-Kassim stole at least $1,052,088 between late 2007 and late 2009. The seniors — ranging in age from 74 to 90 — made out checks to Jamrus-Kassim. The clients thought she intended to reinvest the money for them.

Instead, she funneled the money into a personal account for clothes, jewelry, online psychic advisers and a trip to Mexico.

Bankers Life and Casualty, a company Jamrus-Kassim used to work for, agreed last month to repay the money she stole, plus interest.

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