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Rochester woman pleads guilty to defrauding elderly couple out of $840,000

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) — A 61-year-old Rochester woman pleaded guilty to defrauding an elderly couple out of more than $840,000 Thursday in federal court.

Carolyn Jean Cassar pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Cassar, who was charged in a superseding indictment on July 23, 2013, entered her plea before United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen.

In her plea agreement, Cassar admitted that from May 2006 through September 2012, she executed a scheme to obtain money through false and fraudulent pretenses.

Cassar specifically admitted that she induced an elderly couple to provide her with money by falsely representing that she needed the funds to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend to the affairs of her recently deceased daughter.

She also falsely represented that she needed money to travel to Italy to, among other things, prosecute a former business agent who had defrauded her.

In addition, Cassar told the elderly couple that she expected to receive an inheritance from her father's estate, which she would use to repay the funds loaned her. To support her false representations, Cassar provided the fraud victims with airline itineraries for her flights to Italy.

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