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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Luzerne County Woman Charged In Money Laundering Scheme

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Joy Dykes, age 36, of Edwardsville, Pennsylvania was charged on June 26, 2018, in a criminal information for her participation in a money laundering scheme.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the criminal information alleges that between November 2011 and February 2016, Dykes’ was involved in an on-line scheme to defraud an unsuspecting victim of money by creating multiple identities, luring the victim into a romantic relationship, and then soliciting money from the victim via threats and coercion, including the creation of a fraudulent identity of an FBI agent.  The criminal information also alleges that Dykes unlawfully received approximately $124,000 from the victim of the fraud.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation - Scranton.  Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski is prosecuting the case.

Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty for the charge under the federal statutes is imprisonment for 20 years, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public, and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Financial Fraud
Updated June 28, 2018