Marrero Woman Pleads Guilty to Misprision of a Felony
NEW ORLEANS – ROSE B. DEMERS, of Marrero, LA, age 68, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon to misprision of a felony related to funds received from a fraud victim, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.
According to the charging documents, DEMERS received $8,600 from an out of state fraud victim on or about July 9, 2021. Rather than contact the authorities, DEMERS converted some of the funds to her own use and attempted to wire the funds to a person posing as an Internal Revenue Agent. DEMERS was acting as a middleman for a fraudster who directed financial fraud victims to send her money, which she would then convert to MoneyGrams, etc., and forward to the fraudster.
Sentencing is set for February 22, 2024. DEMERS faces a sentence of up to three years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to one year of supervised release. There is also a $100 mandatory special assessment fee due after conviction.
Elder fraud complaints may be filed with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or at 1-877-FTC-HELP. The Department of Justice provides a variety of resources relating to elder fraud victimization through its Office of Victims of Crime at www.ovc.gov. Additional elder justice resources, training, and outreach materials can be found at the Elder Justice Website at www.elderjustice.gov.
If you need assistance or to report elder abuse, please contact your local adult protective services agency through the Eldercare Locator or by call the helpline at 1-800-677-1116 Monday – Friday 9am - 8pm EST. To report elder fraud, please visit the FBI’s IC3 Elder Fraud Complaint Center or contact the dedicated National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 or 833–372–8311 Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm EST.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Economic Crimes Section, in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Financial Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.
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U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Updated October 27, 2023