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Woman Who Committed Wire Fraud Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Virginia woman, who conspired with others to commit wire fraud, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, to a federal Information, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


Deborah Diana Lawson, 60, of Raven, Va., waived her right to be indicted and pled guilty today in District Court to a one count Information charging her with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. United States District Judge James P. Jones scheduled sentencing for May 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.


According to evidence presented at today’s guilty plea hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer, in or around March 2015 Lawson's co-conspirator caused a fraudulent tax return refund to be sent via wire to Lawson’s bank account in Russell County, Virginia. Lawson caused proceeds of the tax return refund to be sent via wire transfer from the Western District of Virginia to an account in Buffalo, New York.


The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Assistant United Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated February 16, 2017