Tonya Farnsworth – Additional Victims asked to come forward

BY BILL McKELWAY
Richmond Times-Dispatch

A 33-year-old Henrico woman with multiple aliases has been arrested in Florida and returned to Hanover County where she faces two counts of extortion, charges of failing to appear in Henrico and Chesterfield courts and six charges of violating probation in prior convictions.

Tonya M. Farnsworth of the 4000 block of West End Drive in Henrico was arraigned this morning in Hanover General District Court and ordered held without bond pending a hearing Aug. 28. She was transported to Virginia by Hanover detectives Tuesday after a lengthy investigation into allegations that she extorted as much as $100,000 from an unnamed Hanover resident.

She appeared briefly before Hanover General District Judge Thomas Jones by video from the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Search warrants filed in Hanover allege that an elaborate extortion scheme began Dec. 22 when a Hanover resident responded to a Backpage.com dating ad from a woman who identified herself as Tiffany. After paying her $200 for oral sex, the victim received multiple text messages from Tiffany accusing him of taking money from the West End Drive address.

“Tiffany demanded the victim pay her money or she would exploit him with pictures of the encounter,” according to the search warrant.

From January through late March, the victim left money almost daily at the West End Drive residence, totaling “in excess of $100,000,” according to court documents.

The victim, who was not identified in court records, worked with police to obtain recorded statements about the alleged extortion.

Farnsworth, who also uses the surnames Quevillon and Purington, is wanted in Henrico on a prostitution charge in an Chesterfield for a drug charge. She is originally from Amelia County, according to associates.

 

Tonya Michelle Farnsworth A.K.A Tonya Purington, Tonya Quevillion and dozens of other aliases.

Everyone who has came into contact with this person has fallen victim in some way.  Many are afraid to come forward, while others are frustrated with a justice system that has allowed someone of such ill repute to continue to roam the streets.  Farnsworth could have been stopped nearly a decade ago, however the powers to be had little or no interest.

There is renewed hope that this time she will be fully prosecuted.  However to ensure that she is exposed as nothing more than a con and gets whatever time out justice system sees fit, Henrico County is asking any victims of Farnsworth to come forward.  Even if you have previously taken your case to another authority, Hanover believes that now that the ball is rolling other jurisdictions will be willing to jump on the bandwagon.  Hanover has pledged to assist in making the proper connections in your jurisdiction.

Hanover County authorities has asked to have their direct contact information removed from this article.  There is still a commitment to help connect victims with the proper authorities.  The recommended course of action is to contact your local authorities again and let them know about the current investigation in Hanover County Virginia and have them contact the Detective in charge of this case.  You may also send your information through this site and we will ensure that the connections are made to help you be heard.

GPS Tracking – Legislation on way to Virginia Governor Part 1

This series of articles is designed to bring into focus the aftermath of US Vs. Jones and the rush to regulate Electronic Tracking of the American Citizen as well as Personal Property. The ultimate failure of Virginia’s HB 1981, and the unfortunate shortsightedness that will likely be followed by other States.

FBI — Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office

February 15, 2013

Eastern District of Virginia

(804) 819-5400

RICHMOND, VA—Allen Mead Ferguson, 75, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for mail fraud and money laundering. As part of his sentence, Ferguson was ordered to pay $5,652,555.75 in forfeiture and $2,943,776.53 in restitution.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; Thomas J. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Washington DC Field Office; and Gary Barksdale, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Ferguson pled guilty to both counts on November 14, 2012.

“Mr. Ferguson was a prominent member of the Richmond community who chose to steal millions of dollars to maintain his social status,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Today’s sentence sends a message that regardless of one’s position in life, no one is above the law.”

“Through fraud and deception, Mr. Ferguson was able to obtain an excess of $5.6 million dollars from a number of financial institutions,” said FBI SAC Mazanec. “The public should be reminded to completely and accurately file their information with financial institutions. Today’s sentencing strongly demonstrates the penalty associated with lying to a financial institution.”

“No matter what your position, it is unacceptable to submit false information to a financial institution in an effort to secure a loan,” said IRS-CI SAC Kelly. “Today’s sentencing is a reminder that status and prominence will not protect you from federal prosecution or imprisonment.”

According to court documents, from about February 2006 through April 2010, Ferguson made material misrepresentations and omissions on personal financial statements submitted to various federally insured financial institutions. On these financial statements, he knowingly and intentionally stated, among other things, that he had: (a) $1 million in deferred compensation; and/or (b) $2 million in Virginia tax-free bonds. In fact, as Ferguson was aware, he had not had any deferred compensation since 1998 and had not owned $2 million in Virginia tax-free bonds since at least January 2009. In reliance on these false financial statements, the federally insured financial institutions extended various promissory notes and loans to Ferguson. In 2011, Ferguson filed for bankruptcy. At that time, the federally insured financial institutions were owed $5,652,555.75. As a result of the bankruptcy proceeding, the financial institutions received some compensation but, at the time of sentencing, still had a loss totaling $2,943,766.53.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Aber Brumberg prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at https://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.

via FBI — Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme.

Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

By Tara Bozick, 757-247-4741 Daily Press4:14 p.m. EST, February 19, 2013
NORFOLK—

The owner of a Suffolk home health care service pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk Tuesday to defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program of $294,000, according to a news release.

Angie L. Gilchrist, 57, of Suffolk faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. She is scheduled for sentencing on May 22.

Gilchrist, who owned A-Z Alpha Omega In-Home Personal Care Service LLC, filed about 385 false claims with Virginia Medicaid, according to the news release. The company falsely claimed providing respite care for 38 Medicaid recipients when no care was provided, according to the release.

– See more at: https://www.dailypress.com/news/breaking/dp-suffolk-medicaid-fraud-0219,0,52027.story#sthash.EhgQQC8X.dpuf