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Sixth and Seventh of Nine Individuals Charged in Attempted $17 Million Fraud of DOT are Sentenced

For their parts in a scheme to defraud DOT and other entities of over $17 million, Patricia Crisp and Crystal Wooten were fined a total of $6,300, and each sentenced in U.S. District Court in Camden, NJ to four months of home confinement and five years probation. Both Crisp and Wooten pled guilty in August 2004 to misprision of a felony for concealing the knowledge they had about 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 about $91,977. Sentencing for the final two defendants in this case is anticipated by December 17, 2004. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and U.S. Secret Service.