Hillsborough Woman Cops Plea in NY Trust Fund Scam
New York authorities say more than $487,000 gained by claim of inheritance.
A Hillsborough woman indicted in 2010 on federal fraud charges in New York pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Bharara said Alicia Holmes, 46, pleaded to charges including one count each of wire fraud, mail fraud and providing a false address in furtherance of a fraud. She will appear before Judge Kenneth Karas on June 24 for sentencing. Holmes faces up to 20 years imprisonment, prosecutors said in 2010 after she was indicted on the charges.
In 2010, federal prosecutors said Holmes scammed more than $487,528 in cash, services and goods from New York businesses and people when they welcomed her as she allegedly claimed she was set to cash out a trust fund and buy multimillion-dollar homes.
Holmes was indicted Nov. 19, 2010, in White Plains on a federal scheme to defraud charge, after a U.S. Postal Service inspector broke the case as she ran up a $15,000 bill at a Central Valley, N.Y. inn.
According to the indictment, Holmes—using aliases—arranged to buy a $7.9 million Tuxedo Park mansion, claiming she was buying the property with a disbursement expected from a trust fund.
The Time-Herald Record, of Middletown, N.Y., reported she convinced a broker to help her financially until she got the funds, with a promise to repay later, with interest, after she received the trust fund payout.
But, prosecutors charged, no such fund existed.
Holmes allegedly charged up a $15,758 tab at the Cental Valley Inn, which was paid for by the broker with a credit card.