Update: Marquise Bridgewater, accused $400K house stealer, busted but at it again?

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One of many Marquise Bridgewater images on Photobucket. Additional pics and more below.
Update: Our most recent Schmuck of the Week has been busted -- and while she's currently free on bond, she could wind up behind bars again soon. Marquise Bridgewater is accused of using false deeds to "buy" a $400,000 house for $10. 9News is now reporting that Bridgewater surrendered to Broomfield police on the warrant in her name out of Denver last week and subsequently bonded out -- and the next day, she allegedly filed another false document signing over possession of the house-she-didn't-own to a woman in California. That could mean more charges and another arrest warrant.

As for the first one, here's how she earned it, as described in our previous Schmuck of the Week nomination.

See also: Ralph Barnhardt's prize for schmucky SWAT team standoff: a 240-year sentence

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Marquise Bridgewater in a pic shared on Photobucket. More images plus original documents below.
Original post 9:50 a.m. July 18: Ten dollars for a $400,000 house? Sounds like the deal of the century -- or one of the bolder fraud attempts in recent memory.

The Denver District Attorney's Office backs the latter description. Prosecutors there have now charged 24-year-old Schmuck of the Week nominee Marquise Bridgewater with perpetrating an elaborate scam, which turned on documents supposedly signed by a woman nearly two weeks after she died.

Images of Bridgewater she shared on Photobucket suggests that she's extremely fond of the same severe expression, as seen in this shot....

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...and this one:

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Did this don't-mess-with-me gaze help her almost pull off an epic scam? Maybe -- but as detailed in an arrest affidavit on view below and a story enterprised by 9News, the gambit was too good to last.

The police report says the plan began to unravel after Assistant City Attorney Katherine Wilmoth was contacted by a city inspector in regard to questions about a property located at 4601 29th Avenue. Records showed it belonged to Bank of America following a 2012 foreclosure, and this past January, steps were taken to put it on the market. But in April, the inspector found a young woman -- Bridgewater -- apparently living there. She said she was renting the residence but couldn't provide the name of the landlord.

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The house in question.
Shortly thereafter, the inspector discovered that three deeds had been filed on the property since the bank took it over. The documents indicated that a Kateri A. Traversie had obtained the house from the bank, then turned it over to a Joshinna Carreras, who subsequently sold it to Bridgewater for $10 -- quite a bargain given that its estimated value is in the $400,000 range.

What facts hinted that the deeds were fraudulent? Well, for one thing, Traversie's actual signature looked nothing like the one on the document. For another, the arrest warrant says she "died two weeks prior to the deed being filed with the Clerk and Recorders Office" -- a fact that disgusts her mom, Laurie Railback.

"For somebody to feel entitled to come in and just take her name and mess with anything that had to do with my daughter.... I was outraged," Railsback told 9News. "Somebody has taken over her life and her identity."

One more thing: Video exists of the documents being signed -- and the arrest affidavit says the person wielding the pen was Bridgewater.

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A 9News image of Bridgewater, aka Jessica the housesitter.
When a 9News reporter stopped by the house earlier this month, Bridgewater was at home -- although she claimed her name was Jessica and she was housesitting for her sister. But she vanished shortly thereafter, and a Denver District Attorney's Office representative tells us she's still at large as of this writing.

When she turns up, she'll be facing six accusations outlined in the charging document below: three for forgery and another trio related to "offering a false instrument for recording."

As a Schmuck of the Week, though, she hasn't struck a false note. Here are the arrest report and charging documents.

Marquise Bridgewater Affidavit

Marquise Bridgewater Charging Documents

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53 comments
jayram1408
jayram1408

Good for her, there are a bunch of homeless people and empty houses. Wheres the humanity in that?


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Why didn't she use the good old fashioned way to get a free house:  Divorce court. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Try and scam 1 house, get indicted for 6 felonies.


Scam 10,000s of houses hiding as a Bank, Mortgage Co. or Foreclosure Law Firm and get off with a civil fine.



Marianna Rosa Lucero
Marianna Rosa Lucero

She deserves to go jail. She's a terrible mother and person. Saying she should get away because houses are expensive is plain ignorant. She will get caught and she will go to jail for being an idiot.

rootsrhythmband
rootsrhythmband

Only banks should be able to steal a home!  Or the government lol


James Speiser
James Speiser

Only banks should be able to steal somebody's house or the government...lol

Saimel3
Saimel3

Oh this is Kateri's sister by the way. For whoever is wondering why people get worked up over this shit. And the people making jokes, you are showing the ignorance population in here. You should all be very proud.

Saimel3
Saimel3

To the ignorant ass idiot who made the comment about rent being high, post all your information on here so pathetic, lazy, welfare lovers such as yourself can go get houses in your name. Moron

Lauren Wolf
Lauren Wolf

Anna Walters Hewson here's your story!

Jennifer Kelley
Jennifer Kelley

How can anyone think this is funny? kateri died and this woman stole her identity. I hope nothing like this happens to one of your family members! How asinine!

Ashlie Rodriguez
Ashlie Rodriguez

This stupid woman stole my friend identity ONLY DAYS AFTER MY FRIEND PASSED AWAY. THIS WOMAN NEEDS TO BE FOUND. R.I.P our sweet kateri

Chris Denorch
Chris Denorch

What an idiot.. The bank had a lien on the house.

Maggie May
Maggie May

I took seminars and worked for a company that did nothing but look for a certain type of foreclosure and use loopholes, as well as provide the owner some cash and protection, to get a house, *any* house, for around $30-$50k. You get the owner to transfer the title, throw in a renter while you do the legals, and you're off to the races. The fraud committed during the bubble made a fertile breeding ground for this, it will literally be decades before the mess they made, just with ownership documents, to be sorted out. My own mortgage has the infamous Linda Green robo signature.

Aaron Patterson
Aaron Patterson

Yeah because paying for legal delinquent tax liens is exactly the same thing as forging documents... Idiot.

Denisse Lomas
Denisse Lomas

If houses werent so fucking expensive even for renting ppl wouldnt be doing this shit i hope she gets away

Matthew Munn
Matthew Munn

Wealthy people do it all the time: scan public records for property tax liens on paid off properties, pay it, demand payment, evict.

gofastgo
gofastgo

@DonkeyHotay The 'scams' you speak of here,  were widely reported, when you read between the lines or the lines at all,  you find some of these 'charges' were filed because one lender had so many mortgages to do paperwork on, they sent them out to a clearing house and had them rubber -stamped by someone other than the officer of the lender.  And you think it's cute to say 'the scams of banks', 'no down, no doc loans' are more like it.

SmashingIdiots
SmashingIdiots

This is the most hilariously unintentional creation of irony in human history.

nyraeli
nyraeli

Who is looser and what are they looser than? I think you meant loser, not looser :P

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Saimel3 Are you talking about corporate welfare, the main welfare expense in this country?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... she's DEAD, she doesn't need her ID anymore.


hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... wake up Maggie, I think I got something to say to you ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... a regular Robina Hoodrat

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@gofastgo "'no down, no doc loans' are more like it."


Terms and conditions created BY the Mortgage Lenders / Banks to get more $$ onto the street, and earn them more profit.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay The greatest Obama scandal:  Failure to prosecute the wall street criminals and the bush crime family.  He used the laughable justification that he wanted to look forward.  Apply that EXACT same "logic" to all criminal investigation/prosecution and all criminals would walk, just like the wall street criminals and the bush crime family did.

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