Federal authorities have handed up an indictment against a Fairport woman accused of lying to Internal Revenue Service agents. Ann Marie Laurini was charged in a fraud and money-laundering scheme in which two area men previously were charged.
The scheme’s mastermind, Kenneth Griffin, 45, and Brian Campbell, 74, the former chief financial officer of a staffing agency Griffin ran, each await sentencing on felony charges after entering guilty pleas.
Griffin’s staffing service created fake accounts backed by fictitious time sheets for nonexistent workers and sold the uncollectible phony accounts to factoring firms. To hide some $567,000 in ill-gotten gain from such sales, Griffin and Campbell loaded the cash onto debit cards and ordered staffing service workers to use the cards to draw money out of area ATMs.
Laurini worked for Griffin in 2008 and 2009. Despite having participated in the fraud and money laundering scheme, she denied knowing anything about it in multiple interviews with government agents, federal prosecutors allege.
Indicted before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian Payson last week, Laurini, 48, was released on her own recognizance. If convicted, she faces a maximum five-year prison term and a fine of up to $250,000.
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