Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fake Bridal Show

A Pittsburgh woman has agreed to remain in detention while awaiting trial on allegations she defrauded advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars with a fake bridal show in Boston. Federal authorities say Karen Tucker and an uncharged co-conspirator posed as representatives of a business known as The Boston 411, which promoted a nonexistent home and bridal show at the Hynes Convention Center in March. Prosecutors say Tucker and the other person collected advance fees from exhibitors and used most of the money for personal expenses. Tucker and the other person are accused of conducting similar scams in Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas. Tucker on Wednesday agreed to voluntary detention on wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. Defense attorney Jeffrey Denner says Tucker looks forward to resolving the case swiftly. - Associated Press

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