Monroe County woman sentenced to prison for scam

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Monroe County Prosecutor James L. Peters today announced that a woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $641,908 in restitution for defrauding people in eastern Ohio and West Virginia.

Darlene Baldwin, 67, of Clarington, was sentenced Monday April 9 in the Monroe County Common Pleas Court. She previously pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated theft, attempted telecommunications fraud, and attempted money laundering. 

According to investigators, Baldwin lied to people about needing money for various reasons, such as claiming she had a serious illness or that she was at risk of losing her home. She generally promised to pay people back promptly, but instead of paying them back, she wired the funds to other people, knowing the money would end up overseas with a man she had been communicating with online.

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