A 51-year-old Littleton woman will spend seven years in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week. Jill Evans was also ordered to pay $2.1 million in restitution and serve three years on supervised release.
Evans was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2015 and pleaded guilty in January.
According to the indictment and plea agreement, between 2011 and 2015, Evans schemed to defraud at least eight people she solicited to invest in alleged oil transactions, falsely telling them that she had a contract with a Russian company to purchase tankers of diesel oil and jet fuel. She claimed that the oil deals could not be completed until certain fees or expenses were paid.
Evans told investors they would receive a return ranging from 50 percent to 50 times their original investment within days or weeks, saying their money would be held in escrow and would be fully refundable if the oil deal did not close. Funds were sent to Evans’s personal bank accounts.
At various times, Evans forged emails and letters ostensibly from an attorney, saying the deal was proceeding and sent false wire confirmations, among other fraudulent documents.
Evans also concealed her previous criminal indictment and conviction for theft and forgery. Her bond conditions had prohibited her from entering financial transactions more than $1,000 and investing money for others.
“This is long-term, deliberate, professional stealing,” said acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer in a statement. “Luckily for the victims, our prosecutors and the IRS and FBI investigators are even more skilled and dogged at rooting out rank theft from innocent victims. And the defendant will have a nice chunk of time to reflect on that.”
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