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Woman charged in counterfeit money scam

Posted February 20, 2009

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— A Jacksonville woman has been indicted on charges she distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterfeit forms of currency across the country, authorities said Friday.

Ann Laurel Rutledge, 50, was indicted on federal charges of criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting bank fraud, uttering counterfeit obligations or securities and aiding and abetting mail fraud.

Authorities said parcels were mailed from Nigeria to Rutledge containing bogus U.S. currency, money orders, bank checks and gift checks. She would then mail the counterfeit notes to people in other states, authorities said.

Rutledge also deposited counterfeit $100 bills into various accounts and then withdrew legitimate currency from the accounts to send to Nigeria, authorities said.

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  • rushbot Feb 20, 2009

    Wow! They finally caught a Nigerian Scam Artist. No Bail for such a person, and should the evidence prove her guilty, I hope they convict her of numerous crimes resulting in her serving all of the sentences consecutively!

  • GoGreen Feb 20, 2009

    "And to think, people still fall for this scam."

    It's like you didn't even read the article. She was part of the scam.

  • woodrowboyd2 Feb 20, 2009

    OUR GOVERMENT WILL BE PRINTING THIS TYPE MONEY SOON
    HERS WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS GOOD AS THE GOVERMENTS

  • Panther Feb 20, 2009

    And to think, people still fall for this scam.