A Parkersburg woman has been indicted on federal charges of mail fraud, money laundering and aggravated robbery for allegedly scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars through a fake business.
If convicted, Martha Sanchez-Pino faces up to 102 years in prison and a $1,750,000 fine.
According to the seven-count indictment handed up Wednesday, the 44-year-old began engaging in conversations with a Yorkshire, England, resident over the Internet in January of 2005.
Through these conversations, she allegedly persuaded this unidentified person to wire her more than $300,000 to invest in a trucking business, but then used the money for her own personal use.
The money was allegedly transferred to her personal account at a Parkersburg bank on four occasions in June and July of 2005.
The indictment includes a forfeiture provision that would require Sanchez-Pino, if convicted, to turn over a 2001 pickup truck and other property allegedly purchased with the stolen money.