Women Cons Several NYC Families

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Jennifer Ricardo, 33, is charged with pretending to be a real estate agent and collecting more than $24,000 from many victims.

A con-woman who allegedly posed as a real estate agent and left several families out in the cold after promising them affordable dream homes in Washington Heights will soon be moving into her own new digs — prison.

Jennifer Ricardo, 33, promised at least 10 prospective tenants, many young families, units in an affordable-housing complex at 552 Academy St., cops said.

Ricardo acted as a real estate agent, promising at least 10 prospective families apartments in a housing complex in Washington Heights.

JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Ricardo acted as a real estate agent, promising at least 10 prospective families apartments in a housing complex in Washington Heights.

She then fled to the Dominican Republic with $24K in deposits from the victims.

JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

She then fled to the Dominican Republic with $24K in deposits from the victims.

Several of the tenants only found out they had been fooled, even given fake leases and keys, when they showed up to move in, cops said. By then, Ricardo had fled to the Dominican Republic with more than $24,000 in victims’ deposits.

She was arraigned on grand larceny and scheming to defraud charges on Monday after surrendering to cops, authorities said.

“She took advantage of our families and did not care that she would be cheating us out of the money that took us many long hours to earn,” said victim Ana Villega, 37, in a statement. With Ben Kochman

 

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