Omaha woman sentenced for mail fraud
OMAHA, Neb. -- A 66-year-old Omaha woman was sentenced on Thursday for mail fraud.
Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that 66-year-old Wendy Bailey of Omaha was sentenced Thursday to time served by the U.S. District Court Judge for four counts of mail fraud.
Bailey will now begin a 3-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
As part of her sentence, Bailey was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $60,286.52.
Court documents said that from on or around June 9, 2020, through on or around Aug. 25, 2020, Bailey received electronic images of counterfeit checks from someone she knew only as “Fred Williams.”
Bailey printed the checks and would deposit them. She would also send these counterfeit checks to people "Fred Williams" told her to through the postal service and UPS.
The recipients were instructed to cash or deposit these counterfeit checks, and send proceeds from these checks back to Bailey. The recipients believed they were engaging in legitimate business ventures when, in fact, they were fraudulent.
Bailey, acting as a money mule helping facilitate the fraudulent activity, would take and receive checks back in the mail. She would then cash and convert the earnings into Bitcoin, using a Bitcoin wallet that had been provided to her by “Fred Williams.”
Bailey did retain some of the money made for herself.
As part of this scheme, on or about June 9, 2020, Bailey received a package through the U.S. Postal Service sent by a person. This package contained a $3,000 Official Check.
As a result of her participation in this scheme, the defendant caused an actual loss of $60,286.52
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.