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Bellefonte Woman Sentenced To 18 Months’ Imprisonment For Conspiracy To Commit Wire And Mail Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 1, 2022, Mildred Hoy, 62, of Bellefonte, PA, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann for her participation in a wire and mail fraud conspiracy.   

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Hoy pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Brann in May 2021 to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.  The conspiracy to defraud involved victims sending money to Hoy in the belief that they had won the lottery and needed to remit fees to cover taxes.  Hoy then sent cash to others in the conspiracy and converted cash into Bitcoin and deposited it in the bank accounts of other coconspirators.  Hoy’s participation in the conspiracy defrauded victims of $489,000 dollars.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 2, 2022