Linda Gagnon Defrauded Nuns of a Quarter of a Mil, Used Cash to Buy Lingerie and Other Goods, Feds in L.A. Claim
(If so, it would be hot).
It's a question prosecutors might be asking Monday after 57-year-old Southern California woman Linda Rose Gagnon surrendered to authorities following her indictment on allegations she defrauded a group of nuns out of $285,000.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. claims in a statement she used the money to:
... Pay for personal expenses, including pet sitting, lingerie, car payments and purchases at retail outlets
Ah, yes, we hear lingerie burns quite well.
Last week's indictment alleges that Gagnon set out to defraud the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, Inc., a congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters, after visiting a Rhode Island convent.
The Tustin woman offered to help the sisters under the banner of her Rose Enterprises, Inc, a company that purports to assist people with delinquent mortgages and real estate transactions, prosecutors say.
After learning that the sisters wanted to buy property in San Diego, authorities allege, Gangon drafted a phony letter from a California attorney convincing the prospective purchasers to wire over $285,000 for the deal, cash she allegedly kept.
The money came from ... the sisters' retirement account, feds say.
Burn baby, burn.
Of course, all sinners are presumed innocent until proven otherwise -- in this case the higher power known as federal court.
The U.S. Attorney's Office states that, if convicted, Gagnon could see 60 years. And that's before final judgment.
Gagnon was expected to be in court in L.A. this afternoon for arraignment.