Trenita 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 Serviceâ€™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 Ashlockâ€™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.