Feds announce arrest of Feds in case of alleged home renovation scam
A federal grand jury has indicted a woman for allegedly selling fake home renovations at a low cost online, according to a news release from the FBI.
Jennifer L. O’Neill, 49, of Long Island, New York, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In addition to the grand jury indictment, the FBI arrested and charged O’Neal on Friday in New York City with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and identity theft.
She allegedly conspired with two other people to use the Internet to sell “home renovation” jobs at home improvement stores, the release said.
The indictment alleged that O’Neills alleged that her business was an online “home remodeling marketplace” for people to post photos and details of renovations that they were supposed to do, the news release said, without providing further details.
The indictment also alleged that the defendants were in possession of fake online documents that purportedly were for home renovations.
O’Neill’s attorney, David Stahl, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Olivia Pazdan, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York declined to comment on the indictment.
Olympic gold medalist and former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come under scrutiny in recent months for a range of financial crimes and for his lavish lifestyle.
The U.N. International Olympic Committee suspended his Olympic Games eligibility on Feb. 10 after Brown was arrested in Brazil in connection with an alleged scheme to hide money from the IOC.
Brown was arrested on Feb., 13, and later charged with fraudulently obtaining Olympic medals and other assets, and failing to file a declaration of financial interest, according the U and UK authorities.
Brown has denied the charges.