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Farmington woman sentenced for Internet fraud

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(Worcester, Mass.-AP) -- A Farmington, Connecticut, woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for selling computer equipment on the Internet that was never delivered.

Teresa Smith pleaded guilty in December to federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges.

She was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months and also ordered to pay more than $857,000 restitution.

Operating out of an office in West Boylston, Massachusetts, Smith sold hundreds of computers to about 300 people on e-Bay from April 2001 and October 2002. However she never delivered the equipment. Prosecutors say she used the money for living expenses and an advertising business that ultimately failed.

Smith formerly lived in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Source: www.wfsb.com

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