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Pennsylvania woman finds herself facing conspiracy charges related to work-from-home job

To combat the effects of a sluggish economy, some Pennsylvanians have sought unconventional work to bring in extra income. Work-from-home jobs have become more popular for people who are struggling to make ends meet and need the flexibility of working from home. Thanks to the Internet, these jobs can be easy to find. Unfortunately, not all employers can be trusted, and some may be involved in fraud.

When two Pennsylvania women landed jobs with a logistics company that allowed them to work from home, they dutifully carried out their tasks. One 69-year-old Lower Allen woman would receive regular shipments of goods from various sources, and it was her job to repackage them and send them around the world with fake Pennsylvania return addresses.

By the time law enforcement tracked the woman down and visited her home, they found that she had a garage full of consumer electronics, kids' toys, and even firearm ammunition and paraphernalia. Some of the items belonged to her friend, who had recently taken a job with the same company. Even though the two women may have been promised large sums of money for this work, they allegedly received no compensation.

The woman apparently failed to realize that all of the items had been purchased fraudulently with stolen credit card numbers. In addition to the charges she faces for conspiracy and receiving stolen property, the woman's identity was also stolen, likely because she provided her name and personal information to the logistics company during the application process.

It is important for people to verify their employer's credentials before they start a job, even if they only work from home part-time. People who find themselves facing criminal charges for their involvement in a fraud scam may want to work with a criminal defense attorney.

Source: ABC 27, "Work-at-home scam victims could face charges, police say," Myles Snyder, April 9, 2014

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