Former Lynchburg attorney indicted on multiple fraud, false statement charges

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP/WFXR) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Virginia attorney on charges that she defrauded elderly clients out of money which she used to buy real estate and make charitable donations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Virginia announced in a news release from Tuesday, Nov. 17, that 44-year-old Cherie Anne Washburn of Lynchburg, is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, two counts of making a false statement to a mortgage lender, and one count of mail fraud.

According to officials, Washburn faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted.

Court documents say Washburn defrauded two victims by gaining power of attorney and writing herself multiple checks, and also made herself the beneficiary of one of her victims’ two investment accounts.

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