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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Webbers Falls Woman Sentenced To 18 Months For Wire Fraud

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Leah Lynette Smith, age 51, of Webbers Fall, Oklahoma was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, and 3 years supervised release for Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. 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,” United States 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.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States 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.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated May 1, 2018