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2 women charged for defrauding, criminal defense likely priority

An ongoing criminal investigation resulted in the arrest of two Iowa women. Both face serious criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the grandparent of an incarcerated individual. Since felony charges tend to be more severe than misdemeanors, a more vigorous criminal defense is often necessary.

Police claim that the women misrepresented themselves as members of an area law firm, and may have acted with one other person. They allegedly approached a current inmate's grandparent and told him or her that their grandchild needed money for important expenses. They cited nonexistent attorney fees and medical expenses when pressing the grandparent to send them money.

The grandparent apparently believed that the grandchild was in serious financial need and began to make regular payments. Police report that the grandparent made about 20 payments over the course of four months, paying nearly $36,000. It is not clear how police were first made aware of the possible issue.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested in early Dec. 2017, and police arrested a 19-year-old woman a short while later. The latter of the two currently faces charges for a felony ongoing criminal conduct, conspiring to commit nonforcible felony and theft. Although her alleged conspirator's charges are not clear, they are likely similar in nature.

Felony charges are a serious matter that should not be treated lightly. A single Class B felony charge can potentially net a defendant a maximum of 25 years behind bars. Iowa defendants are usually well-advised to be vigorous with their criminal defense preparations, as doing so can help them achieve the best possible outcome for their situation.

Source: qctimes.com, "Police arrest second person in conspiracy to defraud grandparent of prison inmate", Thomas Geyer, Dec. 12, 2017

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