Williamsburg Woman Sentenced in Counterfeit Money Order Scam

logoTrenita Ashlock, 56, of Williamsburg, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 75 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and transmitting a counterfeit money order.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Keith A. Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Charlotte Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar. Ashlock pled guilty on Oct. 7, 2011.

According to court documents, Ashlock participated in a scheme to distribute counterfeit postal money orders throughout the United States.  Acting on information received via e-mail from a foreign source, the defendant distributed more than 600 counterfeit money orders, in the amount of $995 each, from September to December 2010.  Investigators executed a search warrant on Ashlock’s home and recovered more than 150 United States Postal money orders. The total loss from the scheme exceeded $780,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Brian Samuels is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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