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Winter Garden Bookkeeper Sentenced To More Than Four Years In Prison For Wire Fraud

October 17, 2012

Orlando, Florida - U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Jo Ann Lacey Anderson (65, Winter Garden) to 55 months in federal prison for wire fraud. As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $1,732,315, the traceable proceeds of the offense. Anderson pleaded guilty on July 24, 2012. According to her plea agreement, Anderson provided bookkeeping services to multiple victims, including a charitable foundation. The foundation was a nonprofit corporation that provided money to organizations that assisted minority education, the arts, environmental conservation and research, medical research, and basic necessities through annual disbursements. Analysis of bank records and documents provided by the United States Treasury Department indicates that more than $1 million of the foundation’s securities were sold from 2006 to 2011. Anderson provided the Treasury Department with phony documents that purportedly gave her the authority to sell the securities on behalf of the foundation. Some of the sales proceeds were deposited into the foundation’s investment account, while others were used by Anderson to write checks to various businesses that she owned in Winter Garden.

By late 2011, Anderson had depleted most of the foundation’s assets. The investigation revealed that Anderson had also stolen money from a local merchant’s guild, two elderly victims, two trust fund beneficiaries, a condominium association and a professional association. The total amount of money taken by Anderson during the fraud was $1,732,315.

This case was investigated by the Winter Garden Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel W. Eckhart.









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