The U. S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced today, April 27, that Leah Lynette Smith, age 51, of Webbers Falls was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, and 3 years supervised release for Wire Fraud.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Information alleged that on or about September 3, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the Defendant, for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud California and other states, provided false affidavits claiming to be the rightful heir of unclaimed assets, thereby causing to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce payment of a check in the amount of $42,385.00.
“The defendant’s scheme came to light because an alert citizen became suspicious and notified the appropriate law enforcement agency. Following a thorough investigation by the FBI, the defendant was indicted, admitted guilt, and is being held accountable for her unlawful acts,” U. S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “Schemes to defraud individuals, businesses and government programs are common. I encourage everyone to keep a watchful eye for suspicious conduct that might lead you to believe that a person is engaged in activity designed to commit a fraud. We cannot combat this without your help.”
U. S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the hearing. Assistant U. S. Attorney Melody Nelson represented the United States.
The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.
KXMX News Staff
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