Having been in the business of exposing scams for 11 years now, I can't believe I actually got scammed myself! Though its been a few years since it happened, it still stings.
It's true, I was hustled, swindled, grifted, conned, whatever you care to call it. I fell for the live version of the "Damsel in Distress" scam combined with the rental scam.
I let a Southern accent lower my guard and it cost me plenty. I'll never recover my money, but I do hope I can prevent another landlord from falling for this scam artist.
As of May 2015, over seven years from the time Jessica Wynn Horton claimed repeatedly that she was an honest woman, and she would undoubtedly pay her debt, yet she's not paid a single penny.
Her husband claims this debt has nothing to do with her business, but that's not true.
Jessica Horton & Associates
Mrs. Horton was my Broker; I was her Agent, and worked under her license. I trusted her because she was a Broker, I rented to her because she was my Broker, and needed a place to live. What she did, she did to an agent working for her, not some guy running a rental ad. I had a tenant, and his lease ended, and though he wanted to renew, I leased the home to my Broker, to help her.
On her website jessicahorton.com she repeatedly boasts of how well she does as a Realtor, and that she sold over 30 homes in 2014 alone, as a former Realtor myself; I pity anyone that uses her as representation.(More Horton Complaints)
"I may be a bitch and a lot of other things but I am not unethical, I just have the gift of pissing people off. There is a big difference. I probably do need to work on my people skills a bit. I may get around to it one day" - Jessica Horton October 1, 2008
Jessica Horton & Associates Website
The Tale of the Broker/Tenant From Hell!
Jessica Wynn Horton is her name, and she rolled into our Bellevue Brokerage like the second coming of Christ. She had come from a little town named Griffin, a suburb of Atlanta Georgia. It was the summer of 2008, and the beginning of a long costly ordeal for my wife and I that continues to this day.
Jessica was hailed as a Godsend by the Brokerage owner, she was going to save the company, the agents, and perhaps even the free world from the real estate collapse that was just cresting on the horizon at the time.
What we didn't know was that she was also running away from a trail of broken promises in Griffin Georgia; as well as lawsuits, frozen assetts, and frozen bank accounts.
At the time, as an agent, I was on my way out. I didn't see the failure of the market and banking system as something I could afford to ride out. With two homes and three mortgages, I needed something a little more solid for income. I had just accepted a job overseas in Iraq and was leaving in just 6 weeks.
Jessica and Jason Horton needed a place to stay, they had rented a home from the owner of the company, and according to the owner, her parents had decided to sell the home and would like it vacated. Jessica seemed to be the perfect tenant, someone I could truly trust with our home I had just 3 years prior paid $500,000 for. Never in my life have I been so wrong.
In a little more than ninety days my home would be in shambles, and Jessica Wynn Horton would flee the State of Washington owing me thousands for rent and damages. This would be the beginning of an oddysey that would last years, and cost my wife and I a fortune.
After being in Iraq just 4 months, I would have to fly home to clean and repair a luxury home chock full of garbage, rotten food, rooms full of furniture and worthless junk. All of this done to me by my own real estate Broker Jessica Wynn Horton!
Jessica's implosion in 2008 began with a series of emails between her and the owner of the real estate company that had hired her just weeks prior, and was now letting her go. In the emails it would appear that there was an issue regarding unauthorized checks Mrs. Horton had written, and for all I know, the owner had learned that her husband was a convicted felon; the very man she wanted the owner to make his ofice manager after firing the existing woman.
It Began With a Series of Emails between Jessica Horton and the owner of a real estate company known as Brio. Jessica had been accused of writing unauthorized checks on the company account, and as a result of that and other compensation issues, she had either quit, or been fired (not sure which). The owner attempted to have a civil discussion with Jessica, but as you can see in the emails, that's not really possible. Jessica has a tendency to go crazy on you, and then ask you to calm down,...it's odd. Nevertheless, keep in mind, this may be your Broker if you sign on the dotted line.
On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 10:43 PM, Jonathan Washburn wrote:
Hello Brio Family,
It is true that Jessica will be leaving Brio. As Jessica mentioned in her email her departure was planned for September 15th but it appears that at this point she will be leaving us sooner. On a personal level I like Jessica and Jason very much and I am sad to see them go, however I have received great value from our time together and believe that everything happens for a reason.
Along with Tuesday's planned announcement of Jessica's departure we were planning to announce the very exciting and positive news that we have completed our merger with Realty Executives Professionals of Bellevue and effective immediately the new combined entity will become "Realty Executives Brio".
This merger represents a major win-win for both companies and although Jessica's email came as a surprise to me tonight, I am glad that I am able to share this news about our merger with you all today and not have to wait until Tuesday!
Jessica's departure and the merger of Brio with Realty Executives will not affect any of your license statuses. Although Jessica's early departure was not planned, this merger was planned, and everything is in place to ensure the transition is seamless for all of our agents. We will have a Realty Executives Brio welcome packet ready for you at our Tuesday's meeting. That packet will contain everything needed for your transition. I would also like to note that all of our agents will have the option to keep their current commission plans or switch to one of Realty Executives new plans. It will make sense for some of you to stay on your current plan, and for some of you to switch. We will be available to run through the differenent scenarios with you.
I pursued this merger with Realty Executives for a few reasons that I would like to briefly detail below in this email in preparation for a much more detailed question and answer time during Tuesday's meeting.
The benefits to our agents from this merger:
1. Brio will be maintaining the Brio name while at the same time it will be picking up a branding association with one of the largest national real estate brokerages in the world.
2. Although Brio has excelled at many things over the years, especially in the technical arena, we have fallen short in establishing systems and tools. After spending some time learning about the Realty Executives platform with Ken Bell, my new partner and our new broker, I was blown away to say the least with what Realty Executives has to offer our agents.
3. Combining our two offices will result in one power office with over 100 real estate professionals. With this size we will become one of the largest and highest producing real estate offices in Seattle. This will add to our marketing power as a listing office as well as benefit our agents with increased market/brand awareness.
4. We are taking a very forward and aggressive stance in this tough real estate market. This merger will allow the combined entity to operate with the combined revenue of both companies and the overhead of one. This means that not only will we be in a stronger financial position to weather this down market, but we will have greater cash flow to invest back into our business for growth and towards valuable marketing initiatives.
Before I finish this email I would like to take a paragraph to introduce our new business partner, and our new broker, Ken Bell. Being a licensed real estate agent longer than I have been alive (since 1974), Ken brings a rich experience that Brio has been lacking since being founded four years ago. In 1977 (still before I was born) Ken participated in the founding of the first 100% office in all of Canada. Later he relocated to the Seattle area and began a 15 year run of being a top salesperson, including: Top 1% in Coldwell Banker, and #5 agent in the northwest region for RE/MAX.
I know this is a lot of news to digest via email and in such a short time period. With this in mind, Ken, Sara, and I, will be available all day tomorrow, at the Brio offices, to answer any questions or to talk through what this means with any of you who would like to meet. I will also be available on my cell phone (425.753.3006) all week if you can't make it in or would rather just give me a call.
Please feel free to "Reply All" to this email if you believe that your question or comment will benefit the other Brio agents, or if you prefer a private conversation please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so fortunate to journey with you all during this exciting time.
You know good and well that I will be leaving you sooner. We had and agreement and then you tried to go back and alter it as is your usual form. Our agreement was that I would stay until the 15th and you would pay me up front so that I could get Micheal Creel taken care for his rent and I was to help expalin all the advantages of why this merger would be a good idea for the agents.
If you liked me and Jason so much than you would honor your agreements as they were put in place and realize that there is more to this world than just you. My family has been jerked around since moving here.
Things have never lined up the way that you have told me that would be...including having our home ready for us when we arrived after driving 3,400 miles. You have recieved great value from our being here because you got 2 full time employees for the price of one (thats a lie). The deal was to allow Jason to go into Liz's job and take her salary to offset our salary loss (Jason, the convicted felon). That never happended either.
While I do agree that the merger will offer some real advantages to the agents, don't you dare sit there and try to sell them a bowl of sunshine without full disclosure of the reasons for ther merger. I have not signed my license into the state yet to relinqiush control as managing broker and I will be damend if you put your interest above theirs without fully explainging all the details to them. They have monies, time and effort invested and they are deserved 100% honesty and up frontness from you. Nothing less.
I'm not moving on to bigger and better things by the way. These agents are the biggest and best thing that I've ever had the privledge of being around. The deserve the very best and I pray that this move will give them everything that they deserve.
EVERYTHING and that is less of both of you and more support, encouragement and follow through. Yes, I know you have a high power attorney in Seattle but I don't give a damn. I will make it my mission in life to ensure that these agents are taken care of (Ha, now that's funny knowing what I know now; currently she says most agents are thugs).
Boy, I went round with RE/MAX and 2 mutli-million dollar developers and I came out on top (not really, in 2007 she was broke and left Georgia). Don't mess with me or my agents. You lay it all on the line and give them full honesty and disclosure about this merger. I will not have them make a decision without knowing all the facts when their lives, their families and their clients are on the line. Until I sign that paperwork...I am still broker. Don't you ever forget it. Jessica Horton
On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 1:03 AM, Jonathan Washburn wrote:
I don't believe that debating back and forth in this manner will accomplish what you are hoping to achieve. Your email this afternoon came as a shock to me. I had no idea that you felt I had changed any deal with you. In fact I have tried to accommodate your needs to the best of my ability, even going so far as to agreeing to pay you upfront and increasing your compensation for the two week period.
It is important to note that after receiving your email tonight I tried to call you to address your concerns but you have not answered or returned my calls. Now with this email you have made some accusation against me that puts me into a difficult situation where addressing your concerns adequately would require me to go into a direction that I do not feel is right in this public forum.
With all of that being said, I would like to suggest that we meet in person or over the phone Monday to go over any outstanding concerns that you have, and then if you would like I would welcome you to come to the scheduled office meeting on Tuesday and we can talk through any remaining issues you have in person as a group. It is obvious to me that you care very much about our agents and as long as your focus is on the well being of our team, you are welcome at the meeting.
At this point, I would respectfully ask that you refrain from issuing any further public comments/statements until you and I have had time to adequately discuss this matter further. Thank you!
No, Jon. I will not. I will have it all out in the open. Out in the open for everybody to see...one way or another. Your e-mail is not factual to our chats and conversations and I fully plan to call you on it. I've always operated under the philosphy that when you don't have anything to hide...it's best to get all out in the open. (yet she get's quite upset when someone puts her business "all out in the open")
You can try playing that little "jittery, dodgy" hidden behind politeness, game all day long with me but it isn't going to fly. I see right through you and you know that I do.
I suggest you think long and hard about how you handle this and honoring the obligations that you put in place. I suggest you think long and hard about full disclosure to these agents. I hope they all do what is best for them...and if that is going with ther merger that is great! I am all for it. However, they will know 100% of the facts to make up their minds with.
Jon, I was packing and didn't hear the phone nor did I know that you had called. I didn't just miss your call. I missed Sondra's too. So, I wasn't just dodging you. You didn't leave a voicemail and you made your stance perfectly clear when once again you changed the rules as you went a long. We had a deal and you backed out...again.
Now, you can honor your obligation to me and my family so that I can honor mine or we can do this the long, hard and costly way. That choice is up to you. You should know me well enough to know that I've got my ducks in a row when I call somebody out. You should know me well enough to know that I've already figured out what you think you know. Assumptions can be a really bad thing. I started covering my bases with you 4 months ago.
I will offer you the hand of friendship one last time and let you do the right thing by the agents and my family. Otherwise, it won't be me that you will be talking to come Tuesday morning (empty threat).
Do the right thing, Jon. Don't play chicken with me. You've jerked my family around and I'm pissed. Your wife thinks she has seen me angry. You haven't ever seen me angry. Don't mess with my kids and their stability. Do what you said that you were going to do and give these agents all the information. Jessica Horton
On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 3:39 AM, Jonathan Washburn wrote:
Please afford me the benefit of the doubt and suspend judgment on this email and the previous emails sent by Jessica until tomorrow afternoon, at which time, hopefully I will have had a chance to speak with her in person and have an opportunity to understand all of her concerns.
My integrity is very important to me and I could not imagine compromising it for the small sum of money being debated in these emails. I do everything within my control to honor my agreements and uphold my word. Many of you have done business with me for many years and know this to be true, others I have not yet had the pleasure to meet, and it is understandable that this set of emails would bring doubts.
I expect to also learn tomorrow about Jessica's concerns regarding "full disclosure" with our agents. Once I know what she is referencing I will address it with you all as well.
I am so sorry that you have had to be a part of this.
Take care, ~Jonathan
On Mon, 9/1/08, Jessica Wynn Horton wrote: From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: Re: Very Important annoucement. Please read ASAP.
If your integrity was so important to you...you would do the right thing and not try to change deals once they are agreed to by you and I. We agreed and now your wife wants to say we were only "brain storming".
So, I put my kids into a holding patter based off a brainstorming session? Is that what type of person/parent that you think I am? I would put them at risk over an idea? A concept? (yeah, she would, because she was broke) My concern is pretty simple to figure out. We had a deal you tried to change it. I refused and here we are.
"Small sum of money" Should I start cut and pasting chats between you and I and between Sara and into this e-mail? Should I also start pasting the small sums of money that have been taken out of Brio since I've been here for you and her and the chats where I was told that this wouldn't be done any more?
The small measly sums that you feel entitled to take out when my agents have needed things and I can't get for them? Are you really sure that you want to talk to me about small sums of money as if you were Daddy Warbucks and money isn't any problem? Are you really sure that you want to go there with me?
Perhaps I should post my "angry" e-mail to Sara, here too so the agents will see why I lost my cool the other week? Like I said buddy, I've got no problems putting it all out there in the open. Once it all goes public...I am quite confident the agents with common sense will be able to see who has been fighting for them and who has used them as meal ticket.
"Small sum of money". Save the grandstanding for other people. I'm glad you consider $4,000 and several thousands of dollars in reimbursements that I HAVE PERSONALLY paid for the company a small sum of money.
Maybe you're just a bit too high and mighty for us common folks...but that small sum of money was the difference between me moving my family back to Georgia and having to sell off everything that we own to do that (actually she left all of her junk for me to deal with).
Yes, I could have borrowed money from my parents, Jason's parents or even my company back in Georgia (I doubt that).But, this is my responsiblity and I will take full responsibility for my actions. I won't go borrow money to cover up my messes. I will sell everything that I own to take responsiblity for my trust in you that was competely and totally nullified. (she didn't sell it, and she didn't take care of her "messes")
I elected to trust that virtual handshake was a handshake and that you were good for your word (Ha, she's one to talk, her word doesn't mean dick). You lead me down a path and waited to the very last second to change your mind. After I had already reached the point of no return and had to stay longer.
That way you could pressure me into accepting a new deal. I believe you told me that you would rather I ask for some money to get back and as friend you would try to help me. Buddy, I don't know what type of friendships you have exactly...but I shouldn't have to ask a friend for one damn dime if he/she knew my situation.
My friends at the office and around the country have already offered to send me money via western union to get me back. One from Tezxs has offered to come up here and help Jason load up and drive us back. Those are my friends and I've got several of them around the country and on your blogging site.
And furthermore...I shouldn't have to come to you and ask for anything that we already agreed upon. I'm not begging you for crap. I came into this world with nothing and I will leave it with nothing. I am fully prepared to lose everythng that I've worked all my life to build to ensure my kids back home. Despite what you lead me to belive. (her spelling is pretty pathetic isn't it)
Jon, you're brilliant (compared to her, anyone seems brilliant) or at least that is the talk. I'm sure you understand full disclosure. It means you fully disclose to my agents (and yes I view them as mine and so does the state of Washington until I sign the paperwork) all the reasons behind the merger. You put THEM in the best decision making posistion possible. Not you. Not Sara. Not Ken. THEM!
You present all the facts and let them do what is best for them. Not you. See, that is what owning a real estate company is all about...putting your agents first at all times and empowering them to take care of the customer. (this from the woman that considers most agents thugs)
You let facts speak for themselves and not one of your little AR Henchmen that also happens to have a license. The same person that spent more time taking care of his customers than he did trying to be a "YES MAN" for you then his clients wouldn't keep calling me about his behavior.
The same agent that I would have kicked out of my office if I owned so fast his head would still be turning because I find his conduct unbecoming of our profession (that is ironic)and he does them a disservice by talking about Active Rain Community guidelness all day when he should be trying to sell their home or getting out of real estate.
But, I have to keep that type around because he works at your other company. Stuff like that is what drags a company down. Because you want your cake and you want to eat it to.
Some of the agents might not like this public display (it is childish). That is fine. But, you and I are going to lock horns and you are 100% wrong if you don't think I will fight for my kids and my agents (she doesn't seem to grasp that she has been fired).
I will make sure that they are taken care of. Monies that they have recently spent are given back to them. Even if I have to go pawn my television (all lies). I will make sure that the right thing is done by them.
I have no control over you honoring your previous agreement with me. But, I do have some say so in making sure that the agents are taken care of. Some of them won't like this public display. Others are already calling me and thanking me for having their back. I can't please everybody but I will make sure that when it's all over and done with that I looked out for them whether they like me or agree with my methods or not (that's bullshit).
And don't you dare sit there and say that I've tried to sabotage you. First, take responsbility for your actions. Second, if that was the case...I would have just droopped off my license to Olympia and shut it all down. But, I didn't do that. Did I? No, I met you head on and out in the open. I will call a spade a spade. And let the chips fall where they may between you and I. But these agents will get all the information and be looked after.
I grow tired of this back and forth and chaning your story and trying to clean it all up and make it look pretty (it's annoying her that he can spell). I've got a meeting to go to and then I'm having a yard sale to sell off my kids stuff and my stuff to ensure that they can get back to a stable place. That I can pay MIcheal Creel and not hurt him.(biggest lie of all)
See, I'm the type of mother that would just allow her kids to stay here for another month without payment. I would do that for free (actually thats exactly what she did). THAT IS SARCASM BY THE WAY. I'm not being serious. You are a complete fool and so is anybody else that would think I would have agreed to something that wouldn't take care of my kids (kids she never bothered to enroll in school, and "home-schooled" while managing a real estate office).
On a lighter note: I've got a bunch of really nice stuff that is being sold for a fraction of what I paid for it if you or anybody are interested (she cusses this man out for two days then ask him if he wants to buy her junk?). I need to gt my kids home and Michael taken care of (another lie). So, I am cutting deals left and right. You may try to use words like "brain storming" to get out of a deal...I don't. My word is my word (that is funny).
You take care - I'm sure you will. You seem to be very good at that sort of thing.
As you know, you owe for July, and $93.00 per day for each day you stay this month (the months deposit you paid is consumed by the lack of even a 30 day notice and I have zero for any damages). Also, what are your intentions regarding power, water, trash, and cable? That could easily add up to a pretty penny. Are you paying those accounts off prior to leaving? Are you having the home cleaned?
How should we handle the rent that will be due for the period between your leaving, and a new tenant moving in? At almost 3k a month, it could add up quickly if the home doesn't rent fast, and theres no assurance (regardless of what efforts we put into it) that it will rent fast. I've lost the summer season, which is the best time to rent.
Will you be in a position to honor the contract (once your home) until another tenant can be located? I'll do everything I possily can to minimize the loss.
Water is paid (lie #1). I paid a portion of your previous bill as you are aware.
Electricty will be paid (lie #2) . Of course, I will pay my bill. It was INTENT to work with you and be able to keep the power going for showings.
Cable is easy to handle and I just paid the bill (lie #3). Of course if I leave then I will have it turned off. I have to leave quickly because of new tenant then I will take MY recievers to the local office (lie #4, I have photo's of the abandoned equipment that I turned in to Comcast).
Trash is paid in advance (lie #5). I would discontinue service upon leaving.
Of course I will have the home cleaned (lie #4, biggest lie of all). I'm going to be honest with you (lie #6). Your lack of thinking of me to do the right thing is starting to get on my nerves (she feels people are obligated to believe her lies).
I know you are in a bad situation and I am trying to work with you on it. I am trying to raise up money to get you money to cover the days. I fully plan to honor my obligations to you (lie #7, seven years later and she has never paid me).
I will get the money to cover the prorated rent to you ASAP (lie #8). I am not going to leave you hanging (lie #9).
Can you stop and think for a minute? I mean really.....
If I wanted to screw you over...I would have just not made you aware of the damn situation and stalled you on rent being due (kinda hard to do that after sending out those raving emails to everyone). I AM NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON!(lie #10, time has proven that she exactly that kind of person)
Stop panicking and lets work are way out of the situation together. Geeeze. It's bad. I know it's bad. But there is a solution. It can be fixed. Maybe not with me being the one paying the rent for the next 3 years but it can be fixed! (she just acknowledged the three year lease)
Stop worrying about all the bad, and it is bad...NO DOUBT...but let me help try and take care of it by doing what needs to be done and putting you in a good situation. I am not trying to SCREW YOU OVER (lie #11)! Unlike some people....I try my damnest to do the right thing. But, you treating me like a thief in the night isn't helping matters (like she said, you gotta call a spade a spade).
Please, I will tell you like I told Jon Washburn...use some damn common sense. Take your emotions out of it and think (this from a woman that is an emotional cripple). Let me think. And WE WILL get through this. And you will be fine.
You may not like me any more but you won't be able to say that I screwed you over (lie #12). That I did my damnest to take care of you and your wife (lie #13). Now, let me do that.
I'm really not an emotional person to be honest with you. I merely handle problems based on "worst case scenario" assumption. As I said in my earlier email, if you can fix your situation in Bellevue, and stay, thats great. I prefer that.
I will say however, saying "Take your emotions out of it and think" is somewhat of an amusing statement, having read your recent rants to Jon. Though I did enjoy reading them.
You two let me know what I should do. It'll take me at least a week to get there from the day decide to go. I don't care to go, because I really wanted to see my wife in a month. I did receive the statement from the water company, and I have the bill. I believe our portion was a bit over 200, and its duly noted.
Good luck to you, you've got the weight of the world on your shoulders, but you strike me as one that can handle it.
From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: Re: Rent To: "CreelRealty" Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 10:18 PM
Touche'! It's just I was lead along the whole time and he had NO intention of honoring the agreement with me. None. Things happened too quickly...he drug me out until the last second and then told me that he wasn't going to pay me.
I negotiated to have you taken care of and me enough time to get aggressive and work with some buyers and get some listings. My kids starting school and YOU were my driving motivation. I did not plan to do this to you. That is the difference. At least it is in my mind.
I will do everything in my power to fix it (lie). Honestly, I've had a very shitty week, a week of trying to do the right thing by people and it seems like every time I turn around, the more that I try...the more my motives and character are being questioned.
I don't want you to have miss seeing your wife. I know the sacrifices that you've made to go over there for your family. YOu did what you had to do. I did the same thing for mine. I respect you very much, Michael(lie). I don't want to hurt you financially or personally by missing out on seeing your wife.
I don't blame you one second for calling your attorney. Between the two of us...I believe that we can come up with a solution without causing your more damage, time, money or anything else.
Yes, I do. And it just sunk to a whole new level today when accusations of me cutting unauthorized checks out of the account were made. First off, I was on the checking account. Second, you would think if I was going to steal something that I would write them to me and not the agents for closing on properties. So, I've had a very shitty week. His decision has a direct bearing on my name and my obligations.
I will do everything I can. I'm sorry. Not that it probably means much but I never meant for any of this to happen. I am doing my best to find solutions to make it work out for you. And my family.
On Wed, 9/3/08, Jessica Wynn Horton wrote:
From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: To: "CreelRealty" Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 9:28 PM
It would be very hard for me to come up with $2,800.00 this month. I have not been paid. I have not gotten my reimbursements that are just about equal to your rent.
Jon, isn't going to pay me anything that he owes me just to make me go away.
I have put in a call to my attorney back in Georgia to see where we are on my counter proposal for settlement. That would be a quick source of funding for me if I can get that wrapped up. (Jessica's "case" in Georgia was settled according to her, her assets and accounts were unfrozen - no money was ever paid to me from those funds).
I need to know what your next move is, I have to start arranging my trip back if need be
From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: Re: ?? To: email@example.com Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 9:50 PM
At this juncture, I see no other option but to move out completely and try to get the house rented out (she abandoned the home and most of her personal possessions, making it impossible to get the home rented out quickly). I will get it taken care of immediately. While it certainly is your right to fly back...I don't understand how that can help matters. But, that is your choice. (If I believed her, and hadn't flown back, I really would have been screwed)
I will get money to you ASAP (lie). I know that isn't what you want to hear but there isn't a whole lot that I can do. I am owed more than just my pay check. I am owed several thousands of dollars in reimbursements.
I will have my things out by Saturday. (this is notable, as she later claims I illegally evicted her - I never served her any eviction notice of any type)
Jessica vanishes shortly after this email exchange and cannot be located by anyone. I have no way of knowing if she has in fact left or not.I then finally get a response to an email after flying home. All of the blinds are drawn and doors locked.
There are people claiming that some of the items you left behind were sold to them, and they never received them.. What are these items?
Also, although I've yet to gain entry into my home for lack of keys, I did notice outside that someone kicked all of the lattice work out of the benches on the back deck. Are you aware of that?
Where are the second set of keys?
OnWed, 9/24/08, Jessica Wynn Horton wrote:
From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: Re: Sold Items To: "CreelRealty" Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:19 AM
I apologize for the delay but I've not had access to my computer the last couple of days.
1. Yes, Amber did buy my dining set (not yours) and her sister came and picked up the table and chairs. She was supposed to come right back and pick up the rest (china cabinet and 2 servers) but she didn't. She then later called and said that they would not be able to make it back...they were going on vacation.
She wanted to know if I would refund a portion of her money and I told her, "no!". She was to call me when she got back in town and I never heard back from her until I had already moved out.
So, I told her to make arrangements with Ardell or I would either credit her a portion of the money back later on (when I can afford it) if she was not able to get the stuff. Technically...it belongs to you now and that is up to you if you give it to her.
You would be able to sell it on craigs list for a few hundred dollars. The same with the couch. Ardell was supposed to get with you about the staging items in the bedroom next to the master bedroom. I ran out of room to store stuff and couldn't fit any more.
2. I am not aware of any such damage to any latice work. (I will post the photos and you will see this is laughable)
3. Ardell has your keys and has been in the house on at least 1 occassion. You told me to cooperate with her and I did. She asked me to please leave the keys where she could get them and I did.
4. As far as a second set of keys...I NEVER got any keys from you or your wife. The only keys that I got were from the renter. Ever. Jason tried to get a set from her on the day we started moving in and she told him that she would have to get back with him on that. So, when the renter moved out...he got them from him. Now, there is some sort of keys in a drawer that still has a lot of your stuff in in it...it is in the kitchen. We never messed with that drawer or your stuff. We just left it like it was.
I hope this helps answer your questions. I am working on my end to help get you squared away.(she's never paid me a penny since witing this, and these are the people that are thumping that Bible telling folks how they should live their lives)
My preference would be for you to sell them off and apply it to my debt. I know that you will be honest about the amounts collected (I had no time to try and sell her junk to paydown her bill on a two week R&R from Iraq).
I would prefer to handle her on a personal level for a reimbursement...which would be secondary to you collecting monies owed. You have been greatly inconvenienced and she made a choice not to come back that night (as discussed) and to go on vacation. So, I am not being coldhearted...but it was a matter of priorities for her.
They might be the keys in the drawer. I don't know. I am not aware of any such deal being made and left for us. I am only aware of getting the key to the front door from the renter. There is a set of keys in the kitchen, in a drawer. We never used them.
As I've told Ardell in regards to Amber, Washington law prohibits me from handing out a tenants belongings (see below) and as you said, she apparently abandoned the items and has left them stored at my house for months. I'll take a look at them today when I get in the house and see what to do with them. To sell them or even give them to Amber (which I'm not inclined to do at this time) I'll need something in writing from you. The money would go towards your debt.
The latice was likely kicked out by one of the children to gain access under the benches. Looks like a spot that would entice a kid, and kids tend to do such things. Its not a huge expense, I'll send you pictures of it. You can see the latice broken to bit lying under both benches. ________________________________ Washington Law
When a rental has been abandoned, the landlord may enter the unit and remove any abandoned property. It must be stored in a reasonably secure place. A notice must be mailed to the tenant saying where the property is being stored and when it will be sold. If the landlord does not have a new address for the tenant, the notice should be mailed to the rental address, so it can be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service. How long a landlord must wait before selling abandoned property depends on the value of the goods..
If the total value of property is less than $50, the landlord must mail a notice of the sale to the tenant and then wait seven days. Family pictures, keepsakes, and personal papers cannot be sold until 45 days after the landlord mails the notice of abandonment. If the total value of the property is more than $50, the landlord must mail a notice of the sale to the tenant and then wait 45 days. Personal papers, family pictures and keepsakes can be sold at the same time as other property.
The money raised by the sale of the property goes to cover money owed to the landlord, such as back rent and the cost of storing and selling the goods. If there is any money left over, the landlord must keep it for the tenant for one year. If it is not claimed within that time, it belongs to the landlord. If a landlord takes a tenant's property and a court later determines there had not actually been an abandonment,\the landlord could be ordered to compensate the tenant for loss of the property, as well as paying court and attorney costs.
My keys have the garage door opener on them, the tenents had the garage door type that clips on a visor. So I can tell which set Ardell has today. My wife says she took the keys over there and put them on the kitchen counter, so hopefully they will turn up. I've had a cold ever since returning, so I'm not on top of my game today. My wife has returned from China as well.
It's incomprehensible that you left so much personal material in my house. Also, Ardell said you told her you were on vacation; is that true??? I literally have to pay someone to take bags of garbage to the dump.. Do you have any explanation?
On Thu, 9/25/08, Jessica Wynn Horton wrote:
From: Jessica Wynn Horton Subject: Re: Sold Items To: "CreelRealty" Cc: "Ardell" Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 6:38 AM
John and Sara did not make payment on the moving truck and I had no choice but to let it go back to the company. It really ticks me off because the little asshole used it personally to move from Bellevue to Seattle and stalled me on the payment. Then he refused to make a payment. So, I had no way of hauling it off because AS USUAL, I couldn't get in touch with Don to haul it off.
When I spoke to Ardell last, it was mentioned that I took my kids to see Mount Rushmore because I was in South Dakota. I was in South Dakota because I have a very good friend there that owns a real estate company and I needed some help and they came through for me by offering me help. I hardly constittute paying $10.00 for a SEASON PASS for Parking at Mount Rushmore as a damn vacation. (pretty vulgar mouth for a Christian)
See, I had to home school my kids because it was too late to go back to Georgia because school started a full 4 and almost 5 weeks ago and I had no idea where I would be living in Washington at the time.(how can she home-school two children when when she previously said she and Jason were two full time employees for the price of one?)
So, not that it is any of your business where I roam (yes, when you bail out on a rental property, it is my business where you bail to)...but I was teaching my kids about the presidents and the policies that they had while in office as to why they were selected for the monument. (went to Mt. Rushmore to home-school her kids on US Presidents,...make's perfect sense)
It's not a vacation...I assure you. If I was on a vacation I wouldn't be anywhere near the North West. I would be on the beach in St. Augustine or down in Orlando. But, I'm not. I am working on trying to get you squared away (she beats this lie to death, which is why she is a grifter in my books).
You can either believe that or not. At this point...I'm growing a bit tired of always trying to do the right thing and doing the best that I can with what I have to work with.
It always seems to not matter and everybody always looks out for themselves any way. Maybe I should just adopt a "well screw you buddy" attitude like the rest of the world (which is exactly what she did).
But, try as I might...I'm just not like that(oh but you are Jessica, you're exactly like that). I still believe in trying to do the right thing. You will come up with a figure and we will begin working on compensation. It isn't perfect. It isn't fair. But that is just life. I assure you what happended to me wasn't fair either but I am doing the best that I can do.
[I think it's fair to say, after reading these emails from seven years ago, Jessica Wynn Horton and her ex-con husband Jason Horton, are habitual liars. They lie so much, and so easily, I think they actually believe their lies. One could conclude that they are sociopaths]
After 3 days of working all day, we're within sight of completion. I've patched the damaged walls and will paint them, I cannot repair the water damaged floor behing the fridge; I gave Don a few misc items and 500 cash thus far in exchange for his help, but will need additional assistance.
I can't find anyone to buy your furniture (I've tried) and I can't leave it in the home because it could lessen the amount of rent I can get. I've rented a second storage unit and put some of your items in there with mine, the cost of the storage is 140.00 per month. Items such as the various Christmas ornamentation, various wall hangings, and candle holders I will likely discard or give away as you previously suggested.
We have completly filled a 15 ft Uhaul with trash I have to take tp the dump tomorrow. Tomorrow I get to clean out your make-up drawer, and do something with your husbands bar-b-q pits.
I am curious when you plan to pay me any money.
Michael Creel From: Jessica Wynn Horton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: To: "CreelRealty" <email@example.com> Date: Monday, September 29, 2008, 6:31 AM
Gee, I don't know Michael...why don't we just post about it all on Active Rain? We carry our conversations on in public?
I have nothing to say to you until you remove that comment. And then I will have plenty to say to you.
Jessica On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 11:04 AM, CreelRealty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Two things come to mind. You didn't seem interested in responding to my emails any longer, so I was curious to see just how fast that post would get a response. Pretty quickly. As for airing dirty laundry in public, I'm quite sure Jon would get a laugh that. Seemed appropriate for you to do it didn't it? Why is it different? He owes you money, you told everyone that would listen. You did the same to me, but we should keep this hush hush?
Not only have you failed in every promise you ever made to me, you continure to cost me money every day. I'M ACTUALLY MOVING YOUR FURNITURE; while you and Jason lounge somewhere.
I don't believe you have any intention of paying me a dollar. I think this isn't the first time you've walked away from obligations. I've seen how you live, I've seen how you work (when you do), and I see how you run and hide from problems. So I'm tired of being nice and patient, I'm obviously going to have to sue you, and if you have the money, maybe you can counter sue.
You may be under the impression that you can walk over all men as you do Jason (husband), but I assure you young lady, you will not walk over me.
From: Jessica Wynn Horton <email@example.com> Subject: Re: To: "CreelRealty" firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Monday, September 29, 2008, 8:24 AM
There is a big difference. The agents were having information witheld from them about the merger. That was one of the underlining points of the conversation. I also didn't go posting it for millions of people to read on Active Rain.
My last e-mail clearly stated for you to come up with compensation and we can work out a payment plan (Lie). Did you do that? Did you e-mail what you were thinking? No, you launched off on a rant and I am sure you will continue to do so. It was the weekend and I was with my kids. I responded first thing Monday morning. Not sure that I can be much more accomidating.
The condition of the home was documented by me and a third party upon moving in and leaving. Pictures were also taken. My third party is beyond reproach and will be believed (Lie).
Go, build your little web site and say whatever you want about me. It will continue to build and establish my case if it comes to that. I don't go around suing people. However, I don't back down from a fight either. So, we can either work this out like calm, rational, adults or you can bray like a jackass. That is your choice.
Jessica On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 12:10 AM, CreelRealty <email@example.com> wrote:
As you can see, your email which you sent to all your agents didn't just focus on the merger, but dealt with personal matters as well, you even mentioned me by name (which you shouldn't have).
Fact is, it was a horribly written and unprofessional letter which should never have been sent out to your agents. You looked like a ranting lunatic, and a bit illiterate on top of that. So I'm getting bored with you telling me how I should behave while getting screwed by you. As you can imagine.
I don't believe for one minute I will ever see a penny of what you owe me. All I can really do is hand it to my lawyer, who will get a judgment against you. I'll then assign the debt to a collector such as NW Legal Services, who will pursue the debt to Hells end (they really are ruthless), and they will of course attach their fee's and the legal fee's.
Nothing else I can do regarding the debt (unless of course you keep making the rent payments until I have a new renter). I do however hope to prevent you from doing this to others.
Sometimes all you really can do Jess is shine a big light on people and their actions, then let whatever happens, happen. Its not about being vindictive, it's about being truthful.
It is very hard to proof anything when almost 1/3 of your screen is damaged. But, proofing has never been my strong point.
You are not being screwed by me. You just aren't getting what you want when you want it. You've been wronged...stand in line and take a number. The difference is that I do plan to correct mine. It just isn't acceptable to you because you want to launch into such tactics because you are angry. There is nothing that I can do to stop you.
You don't want to believe that you will see any payment from me. Again, that makes it easier for you to justify your factions and the tactics that are using. Which if you REALLY knew anything about me then you would know that I will come through in the end. It may be small payments at first but as soon as I hit the ground running that I will have it paid off sooner...rather than later.
If you want to focus on the 1,400 to begin with then that is fine. We shall focus in on that. I can have you first payment in around the 10th.. That is the best that I can do.
If you decide to get lawyers brought in then I will have to scrape up money to pay for one and this can drag out for years. I will be making payments to an attorney when I could be making payments to you.. That is your choice.
And you are right...I don't need to spend my time trying to show others how to sell real estate. They all have it figured out already. That is why they are so productive. I know how to sell real estate. My mistake was that I invested too much of my money into a company to give the agents everything they needed for success, nice building, nice sign out front, nice furniture, the latest technologies, everything they could need....except for the desire to do it. All I've ever done is waste my time with agents by trying to help.
I did much better as a agent working for herself and taking care of herself and her family. I did it without an Active Rain or any other place online. I can do it again. They can't appreciate that a little country girl without a high school diploma has sold more real estate in 1 year than most of them will in 10. Like I said, I just wasted where I put my money...into a company. I won't make that same mistake again.
I plan to focus on building business. You can either benefit from a steady payment plan or not. That is up to you.
Unless you have a proposal in mind that we can hammer out...I won't be reading anything else. I hate that this happened to you Michael. But, I also hate that it happened to me.
I'll iron out a payment plan and send it to you, but I need some idea of the most you can pay, and on what regular intervals. Its a waste of time, and a cause of additional ire to iron anything out if it all boils down to pay what you can when you can.
What makes me so angry Jessica, is that there was no justification for not at the very least placing all of your items in the garage. I've had two back surgeries with a total of 4 disc fused together and a titanium plate in my neck. I shouldn't have to carry your sofa, and drage 80lb bags of trash around. I never served you an eviction, and yet that house looked like someone left because the police were on their way.
Thats what has irked me the most. Food in the fridge, makeup in the drawers, food in the pantrys, fridge in the garage, etc, etc. Those things weren't left like that becasue you lost your job, or had bad luck, or had no money. Thats simply a lack of caring about what I have to do to restore the home. Thats what I don't understand. Now I'm paying a lot of money to deal with that mess, money I really don't have.
If you can send at least half of the 1400 by the tenth, it will at least help me with the mortgage payment due on the 15th. Its a start.
Good luck with your business, realizing mistakes is the best prevention to repeating them.. Many focus on being bigtime, and forget its all about making money.
I apologize but we we got in very late last night. I was trying to work some things out. I agree with you 100%, it is a waste of time to have a payment plan that is totally out of reach. I want to be fair to you. I sware that with everything that I hold dearly.
I have put you in a bad situation. I don't deny that or try to wiggle my way out of of it. I stand up to be accountable for it. However, I've got to be honest with you at the same time that I try to be fair. I am not trying to screw you over or out of anything.
I understand your anger. It is deserved. Your right I should have placed the stuff in the garage. I panicked. I don't know what else to tell you but that. I totally panicked. I don't expect for you to understand that or to excuse my actions. I panicked. I was due money for a paycheck that I didn't get. I was due THOUSANDS of dollars in reimbursements that I didn't get. I had payed money out of my account for Brio related activities and I was sitting on next to nothing. I panicked. I didn't know what to do or how to do it. I was without money. I was without anywhere to go. I was scared. If this has happened to me in Georgia...I would have had plenty of places to go. I had nowhere to go to up here.
It wasn't that the police were on their way to get me. It was that I was scared. Jason didn't like Sara & Jon after the first month of being here. He wanted to pack up and go home.
I had a lawsuit that I was dealing with back in Georgia with my former partners and a certain real estate organization. I had moved my entire family out here and I didn't want to turn back around. I didn't want to admit defeat. I wanted to stay and make it work. Jason told me that it was going to end bad and I should have listened to him. I should have. But, I didn't and I learned a valuable lesson. 9 times out of 10, Jason is right about people. Probably more like 9.9 times out 10.
The items were left because I honestly thought that they could be sold to help you. I know that I could have gotten a couple hundred dollars for the couch and love seat if I had stayed longer. I thought you could sell it and get some money.
I thought Ardell would be interested in the staging stuff left in the bedroom and at the dining room. I thought Don would take the food for helping you. I had no more room in storage and didn't know what to do. Now, honestly leaving the make up was a mistake. I never would have done that on purpose. I didn't mean to do that. I guess, I just overlooked it.
Michael, I will do my best to get you at least $700.00 by the 10th. I can't sware that I will get you the whole $700.00 but I will get you a good chunk of it. But, I will do my best to get you the whole $700.00. I know that my word doesn't mean crap to you right now and it will take seeing money come in to make you begin to trust that I am doing the right thing. That I will do the right thing. I will do it not because I am scared of what you will get online and say about me...but because it is the right thing to do.
Michael, I understand that you are angry. If I were in your shoes...I would be pissed! I know you are and deserve to be. But, it hurts me when you say some things about me that just aren't true. I can give you the names of several people that will tell you how I've came through and PERSONALLY made payments for company debts while I've been up here.
See, because of the lawsuit our accounts were frozen until a verdict or settlement could be reached. Only commissions and monthly bills (phone, mls, electricity, etc..) could be paid out of the account. But, I personally paid them. Was it the entire balance? NO! But, I paid it down bit by bit. I could have just walked away but I've sacrificed and did my best to make ends meet.
There is one asshole that hasn't been paid but it was because of his behavior that he didn't get paid and will have to wait on the company to pay him. He called me every day at work and on my cell. Sent me nasty text messages and harassed me online. Is the money owed to him? Yes, but he can wait for the company to pay him. I would have tried to work with him but he got very ugly torwards me and that did it for me.
It hurts me when you think you really know about me when you don't. You weren't around me long enough to really know about me. I may not have been in the Brio office every day but I started work at 6:00 AM most days and worked all weekend with Brio Stuff. Stuff that I could NEVER get done in the office because of constant interruptions.
Jon had me doing all kinds of crap that wasn't even related to Brio (as far as I was concerned) and then I had to put out so many blog posts per week (was told to do so). You have no real idea about my work habits or ethic. I worked my ass off at that company. Production completely turned around. Agents that weren't producing began to produce. Jason worked his ass for that company and never got paid for it. He was supposed to have taken over Liz's pay but he never got it because the company couldn't afford it.
Unethical? I think not. Ethics are part of the reason that I was resigning. Do you honestly think this merger was planned? No, it was a last minute Hail Mary to save things. He wanted me to buy the company from him but the more we dug into the "secrets" of Brio the less we wanted to own it. Things were going on in the past that I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT! I may be a bitch and a lot of other things but I am not unethical.
I had an ethics charge brought against me by the Georgia real estate commission and I still have their finding to this very day. I was told by the Sr. Investigator that I was the most organized and had all stuff together agent that they had ever investigated and I was completely in the right for what I had done. I am not unethical. I just have the gift of pissing people off. There is a big difference. I probably do need to work on my people skills a bit. I may get around to it one day. (Never did)
My AR persona? Yes, I was told to right a lot of shit that I didn't care to write about. I can't believe what a damn fool I was. I allowed FEAR to make a scared little girl who didn't want to piss off her boss and lose her job. You're right. I wan't deny it. I was not aware of it at the time but looking back...you're right
I am sorry for what I've done and what all has happened to you. I will make it up to you..(Never did) I will have money into you by the 10th. I will continue to do so. (Never did)
I know you are angry and I understand. But, I don't want to fight with you Michael. You are right and I am wrong. I am sorry for what you've had to go through. But, I am not the kind of person to leave you high and dry (Lie).
I freaked out. Yes. I was scared. Yes. I felt like I had nowhere to go. I had to clear my head and get focused. Let me make this right. I will have money in by the 10th.
Reputations are earned (as you well know); my comments were based on what I see before me up to this day, not you lifetime achievements. Your right, I don't know you, I just know what my experience with you has been, and it's been less than positive. It's up to you to change that, and I hope you do.
People aren't stupid, there's not an agent in Brio that didn't know why Brio was merging with the very man they sub-leased the building from. It's pretty obvious.
Your email said "I had nowhere to go to up here" , which certainly would indicate you are here in Bellevue. Is that the case? If that's the case, I wish you would have helped us. Don has been paid about $500 so far, plus the dump fee was $50 and truck was $60 for two days. The stuff that went to the dump was 100% yours, and those bags were outrageously heavy. I'm amazed you produced so much trash in such a short time.. I assume it was all trash, we didn't open them.
I would still like to know where my microwave went. It is gone, and it should have stayed with the house. The tree loppers vanished from the outside shed as well, and I do hope these things weren't simply sold at your garage sell because someone saw them and offered to buy them. In lieu of all else, this is certainly a minor issue, but I'd like to know the truth. At the least, you know what became of the microwave.
I'll have more to say later, but I gotta go to work at the house, I leave in a couple of days.
Michael Creel From: Jessica Wynn Horton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: To: "CreelRealty" <email@example.com> Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 8:47 AM
I will repair the bridge with you. I understand where you are coming and your experience has not been positive with me. I take full accountability for that. I also will do what it takes to fix it.
You are right about the agents. I tried to get full disclosure told to them because commission checks were bouncing and I wanted them to know about the economics of the deal and certain other things that I won't even get into. It doesn't matter any more.
No, it wasn't all trash. Some of it was items that I just bagged up and decided to throw away instead of storing. I will pay for that also.
Michael, I have NO idea what happended to your microwave. None. I bought a microwave at Costco for $189.00 before I ever set foot into your place and was still living in Kenmore. I certainly DID NOT sell it or give it away! NO SIR! Now, I will take blame for what I've done wrong but I WILL NOT be a thief for anybody.
Not that you are implying that I am but....I want to make it crystal clear that I did not sell, give away or turn a blind eye to your belongings being taken. I would highly suggest that you talk to Don about that. I certainly did NOT take them or sell them or authorize their removal. Nor, did I do anything to any tree loopers. I did not touch anything of yours when I left.
However, I do have a microwave back in Georgia and I can Alicia ship it to you. It's pretty nice. Stainless Steel and all that. I will make ammends for it but I DID NOT do anything to it. Nor, did Jason. I don't even know what tree loopers are.
I've got a party interested in the phone system back in Georgia. I am trying to get with my phone guy and see if he can e-mail a fair price for it. I want to liquidate my assets to help pay these bills but I also want to ensure that I get a fair price for them.