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Victim Notification - United States v. Christine Favara Anderson

Case Description

Between approximately 2014 and 2017, Anderson owned and operated a publishing company known as Christine F. Anderson Publishing & Media (hereinafter “CFA”). Anderson later renamed CFA to Sage Wisdom Publishing (hereinafter “Sage Wisdom”) and operated under that entity name from approximately 2017 through 2020.  During this time, Anderson used both entities to perpetuate a scheme on book authors wherein the authors were defrauded of royalties from sales of their published works as well as certain products and services relating to the publishing of their books.  Anderson often falsely claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer to delay payment to the book authors, while also purporting to maintain vast wealth.  Anderson used the mail and email accounts to communicate with the authors.

Anderson purported to be interested in purchasing expensive real estate and, in doing so, misrepresented her wealth through fraudulent proof of funds notes.  During these transactions, individuals helped Anderson in trying to purchase real estate, believing themselves that she had the means to purchase the real estate.  Anderson also convinced individuals to “loan” her money, knowing that she could not and would not repay them.  Anderson used her promise of providing more money as well as her fraudulent cancer diagnosis to garner sympathy and take money from them, while also causing losses to real estate owners who thought she was actually interested in and could purchase their properties, which she could not. Anderson used and caused to be used the mail and email accounts to communicate with the parties associated with the real estates.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In April 2005, Anderson was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois for securities fraud.  See United States v. Favara, No. 1:05-CR-340 (N.D.Ill).  In June 2009, after a plea of guilty, the district court ordered her to pay $155,000 in restitution.  In July 2020, Anderson communicated with the Department of Justice’s Financial Litigation Unit regarding her ability to pay that restitution, and in doing so, made several false statements.

Press Release, May 13, 2021

Case Information

Dates

Date Event Location
April 27, 2021 Complaint Filed U. S.  Magistrate Court
Charlottesville, Virginia
April 27, 2021 Initial Appearance/Bond Hearing U. S.  Magistrate Court
Charlottesville, Virginia
By Zoom Hearing
April 27, 2021 Order of Detention U. S.  Magistrate Court
Charlottesville, Virginia
May 12, 2021 Indictment United States Grand Jury
Charlottesville, Virginia
May 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Arraignment U. S.  Magistrate Court
Charlottesville, Virginia
By Zoom Hearing
July 19, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Plea Hearing (Zoom) U. S. District Court
255 West Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia
December 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m Sentencing U. S. District Court
255 West Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia

Custody Status

Date Status
As of April 27, 2021 In the Custody of the United States Marshal Service

Charges

Count Date Charge
1 12/12/2017 Mail Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341
2 3/16/2020 Mail Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341
3 1/15/2021 Mail Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341
4 12/12/2016 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
5 12/17/2019 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
6 3/15/2020-3/16/2020 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
7 4/18/2020 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
8 7/17/2020 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
9 12/3/2020 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
10 1/9/2021 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
11 4/15/2021 Wire Fraud; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343
12 7/24/2020 False Statement; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)
13 4/26/2021

Concealing Records in Federal Investigation; Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have information about this case, who do I contact?
Please contact the FBI Field Office in Charlottesville at 434-293-9663.  Special Agent Jane Collins is the agent in charge of the case.

If I believe that I am a victim in this case, and have not been contacted or interviewed by law enforcement, who do I contact?
Please contact the FBI Field Office in Charlottesville at 434-293-9663.  Special Agent Jane Collins is the agent in charge of the case.

If I am a victim in this case, what is the best way to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office?
Please use the email:  USAVAW.VW@usdoj.gov.   This email box will be monitored on a daily basis and special attention will be given to returning your message.

If I am a victim in this case, what is the best way for me to receive notices of court events etc. pertaining to the case?
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be responsible for ensuring that you are notified of all major case decisions and court events through the Victim Notification System.  To ensure that you receive timely and accurate notices, please use the email:  USAVAW.VW@usdoj.gov   and provide your name, address, telephone numbers, and email. 

If I am NOT a victim in this case, what is the best way to keep up with the case?
Please continue to monitor the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia Website at:  www.justice.gov/usao-wdva.

If it is determined that I am a victim in this case, will I have an opportunity to receive restitution?
If the defendant is found guilty and you are considered a victim in this case, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss the possibility of restitution with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Please retain all financial records. 

Contact Us

Special Agent Jane Collins
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Charlottesville, Virginia
434-293-9663

Annette Cox
Victim Witness Assistance Program
U.S. Attorney’s Office
255 West Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia  22902
434-293-4283
USAVAW.VW@usdoj.gov

Updated July 20, 2021

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