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Williamsburg Woman Sentenced for Counterfeit Money Order Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Trenita Ashlock, 56, of Williamsburg, Va., was sentenced today to 75 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and transmitting a counterfeit money order.   

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Keith A. Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Charlotte Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar. Ashlock pled guilty on Oct. 7, 2011.

            According to court documents, Ashlock participated in a scheme to distribute counterfeit postal money orders throughout the United States.  Acting on information received via e-mail from a foreign source, the defendant distributed more than 600 counterfeit money orders, in the amount of $995 each, from September to December 2010.  Investigators executed a search warrant on Ashlock’s home and recovered more than 150 United States Postal money orders. The total loss from the scheme exceeded $780,000.

            This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Brian Samuels is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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