June 16, 2010 in City, Region

Woman accused of mansion squatting

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A 30-year-old woman has been arrested for living in a $3.3 million home that did not belong to her, Kirkland, Wash., police said Tuesday.

Nearly 10 days ago, Kirkland police responded to a call from a real estate agent who said several people had moved into a luxury home without permission, said Kirkland police Detective Allan O’Neill.

When police checked out the house, O’Neill said, the woman furnished documents that said she was the owner of the house. Meanwhile, First Citizens Bank sought assistance from police to remove the people.

With two parties claiming ownership, police treated the case as a civil dispute, O’Neill said.

Police went through tax logs, utility bills and asset records to refute the woman’s claim of ownership.

The woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon because she was the one claiming ownership, O’Neill said. No other arrests were made.

The woman was arrested for criminal trespass.

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