Woman pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud

A Corning woman pleaded guilty Thursday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Posted: Jul 1, 2021 2:47 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2021 2:51 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Corning woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for participating in a refund fraud scheme, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A Talbert.

A federal grand jury returned a 14-count superseding indictment against 26-year-old Sabrina Toilolo in June 2020, the Department of Justice said.

Toilolo and her previously charged co-defendant Johnathon Ward were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the DOJ said. 

From July 2017 to September 2019 Toilolo, Ward, Monica Nunes and Talalima Toilolo conspired to defraud financial institutions by trying to exploit the merchant refund process used by businesses and retail establishments to give refunds to customers for returns, reimbursements and erroneous charges, according to court documents.

Sabrina is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23, as she faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the DOJ.

On April 2, Nunes was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison. Talalima was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Feb. 11 and charges against Ward are pending, according to the DOJ.

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