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Three More Convictions in a $10 Million Fraud Scheme Using Bogus Money Orders

Cesi Bey, Patricia Crisp, and Crystal Wooten pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Camden, NJ to charges of attempting to defraud the U.S. Transportation and Treasury Departments of nearly $10 million. The three defendants are among nine persons indicted in May, 2003 with attempting to defraud DOT and various other parties of over $10 million by fabricating money orders that appeared to be issued legitimately by either the Department of Transportation or Department of Treasury. Sentencing for Bey, Crisp, and Wooten is set for December 3. Five others charged in the case were convicted following a jury trial in July. Trial is pending for the remaining defendant. The investigation is being conducted by the DOT-OIG, FBI, and U.S. Secret Service.

Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.