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Falls woman indicted for fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted a Falls for trying to wire money without reporting the true amount of the cash transfer.

Georgina Fisher, aka Georgina Baratta, 44, was charged with causing a financial institution to fail to file transaction reports. The charge carrys a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Federal prosecutors said that Fisher, on nine separate occasions between January 28, 2010 and February 8, 2010, went to multiple Western Union agents in Western New York and purchased four or five $500 money orders on each occasion. The prosecutors said Fisher was trying to avoid reporting requirements that are triggered by the purchase of more than $3,000 in money orders in one transaction or series of transactions.


• DWI: Lauren M. Lewis, 33, 3202 Weston Ave., Niagara Falls, was charged with DWI, failure to keep right and moving from a lane unsafely shortly after midnight on Thursday, according to Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies. Lewis was charged after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Shawnee Road. When deputies arrived they found Lewis uninjured inside the vehicle, which had crashed into a utility pole. She appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. Lewis submitted to a breath test which determined her blood alcohol content to be 0.16 percent — twice the legal limit. National Grid was also called to Shawnee Road to repair the damaged pole.

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