The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 10, 2014

Bluefield woman sentenced in Nigerian wire fraud scheme

ABINGDON, Va. — ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman will spend more than four years in prison for her role in a Nigerian wire fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says 47-year-old Audrey Elaine Elrod of Bluefield, W.Va., received a 52-month sentence this week in federal court in Abingdon.

Elrod had pleaded guilty in January to structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Heaphy says Elrod received more than $446,000 from victims of the scheme. The money was sent to bank accounts she controlled by wire transfers. She structured more than $411,000 in cash transactions in an attempt to hide the transactions from the government.

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