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Last of Nine Individuals Charged in Attempted $17 Million Fraud of DOT is Sentenced

Lisa Brown, of Palmyra, NJ was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Camden, NJ to four months of home confinement, two years probation, and fined $1,000 for her part in a scheme to defraud DOT and other entities of over $17 million. Brown pled guilty in September 2004 to one count of misprision of a felony for concealing her knowledge of a conspiracy to possess and pass false and fictitious money orders with intent to defraud. DOT suffered no monetary loss, but some creditors accepting the money orders lost over $91,000. Five of the other defendants whose cases went to trial were fined and sentenced to serve jail time. Brown received a lesser sentence because there was no evidence that she took an active part in the scheme. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.