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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lynchburg Woman Sentenced on Fraud Charges

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced the sentencing of a Lynchburg woman on a variety of fraud charges.

Catherine Pankey, 62, of Lynchburg, Va., who previously pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and two counts of student loan fraud. Yesterday in District Court, Pankey was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay approximately $120,000 in restitution.  

“This sentence holds accountable a number of individuals who committed a variety of frauds,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to pursue federal charges in cases involving financial fraud.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Department of Education- Office of the Inspector General, the United States Secret Service, the Virginia State Police, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynchburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst will prosecute the case for the United States. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Bockhorst is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated June 1, 2016