Alleged Fake Business Gets Woman In Trouble

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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