Madison County Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail and Wire Fraud | USAO-WDVA
CHARLOTESVILLE, Virginia – A woman in Madison County, Va., Pleaded guilty yesterday to mail and email fraud charges related to a scheme in which she stole at least $ 1.5 million from victims while claiming to have a terminal cancer, great wealth, and celebrity ties.
According to court documents, Christine F. Anderson, 51, of Reva, Va., Owned and operated the publishing companies known as Christine F. Anderson Publishing and Media (CFA) and Sage Wisdom. Anderson took money from the authors of books, but subsequently failed to pay the authors their royalties owed and did not provide the products and services negotiated. Additionally, Anderson has often falsely claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer to delay payment to the authors of the book, while also claiming to maintain vast wealth and celebrity ties.
When the authors did not receive the royalties owed to them, Anderson offered an elaborate apology for the delay, including being busy working with the White House on the State of the Union.
In addition to the book publishing program, Anderson also admitted to orchestrating a real estate program in which she signed contracts for expensive real estate, provided false evidence of funds, and then was unable to provide the deposit deposits. Often, Anderson would sign bad checks for down payment deposits, which would never be cleared. While she was contracting on these properties, Anderson took money from people helping her with these real estate projects, promising to pay those people back. Anderson used her bogus interest in expensive real estate to prove to her victims that she was able to repay the loans, but never did. Anderson’s apologies for his inability to pay the deposit and loans included his false allegations of a cancer diagnosis and the freezing of his bank accounts, among other excuses.
The actual total loss to the victims is between $ 1.5 million and $ 3.5 million.
“To cover up his vast fraud scheme, the accused took advantage of the sympathy of the victims, including by making false claims about cancer,” Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar said today. “Such behavior is not only unreasonable, but also a serious federal crime. I am proud of the hard work of the FBI and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in bringing Anderson to justice and will restore some measure of resolution for the victims.
“With this guilty plea, Ms. Anderson finally accepted responsibility for her actions; and those who have been manipulated and suffered losses because of his deception will see justice served, ”said Special Agent in Charge Stanley M. Meador. “The Richmond FBI appreciates the partnership of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Western District Attorney’s Office during this investigation. If you suspect fraud, please report it to tips.fbi.gov or your local FBI office.
Anderson pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of mail fraud and eight counts of wire fraud. She is expected to be sentenced on December 2, 2021 and faces up to 20 years in jail on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Rumsey and Madison County Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Wade Gelbert are continuing the case.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or have any information about the allegations in this matter, please contact the FBI in Charlottesville at 434-293-9663.