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Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Lavitress Williams (39, Orlando) to six years in federal prison for wire fraud, passing counterfeit checks, and violating her supervised release.
On May 14, 2019, Williams had pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and five counts of passing counterfeit checks. On June 4, 2019, she admitted that she had violated her federal supervised release by committing those crimes.
According to court documents, in 2013, Williams was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for participating in a scheme involving counterfeit travelers’ checks that were passed at Target stores located throughout the southeastern United States. After she was released from prison, and while serving on federal supervised release, Williams engaged in another check fraud scheme in which she passed counterfeit checks at Walgreens and CVS stores in Central Florida.
Over the course of more than five months, Williams passed, or attempted to pass, counterfeit checks at more than 40 drugstores. The total amount of actual and attempted losses associated with the scheme was more than $70,000.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, with assistance from the Eatonville Police Department, the Maitland Police Department, the Orlando Police Department, the Winter Park Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.