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Woman Painted, Drugged Horses before Selling Them Online

Woman Painted, Drugged Horses before Selling Them Online - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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A California woman has plead guilty to a federal fraud charge, admitting she used the Internet to defraud would-be buyers of horses from across the nation.

Prosecutors said Kenney offered horses for sale in online advertisements, making false claims of the horses’ breeds, pedigrees, abilities and temperaments. Kenney admitted to lying about the horses' health, and that purchasers would be protected by a “money-back“ satisfaction guarantee.

Kenney also was accused of accepting money for horses customers never received or horses that never existed in the first place. When victims complained or tried to get their money back, Kenney refused to return victims' phone calls or emails. In some instances, she threatened to sue victims for defaming her.

After Kenney's victims posted complaints about her fraudulent scheme on Internet bulletin boards and in horse-related chat rooms, she began using aliases to conceal her identity and continue the scam.

Kenney’s scheme came to an end when she tried selling a horse to an undercover FBI agent and a U.S. postal inspector. After accepting $5,000 for the horse, Kenney refused to respond to the investigators.

Kenney also admitted to drugging a horse to make it appear docile during a buyer's examination. She confessed to paiting at least two horses to make them look black in color. Kenney further acknowledged that the various horses she delivered were starved, covered in sores and cuts, had untrimmed hooves so long the horses could not walk, or were suffering from a severely contagious equine respiratory disease.

“She did do some wrong things and exercise some bad judgment,” Kenney’s attorney Joseph Shemaria told The Associated Press. “That’s the reason she got into trouble, the reason the U.S. Attorney’s Office picked up on it and the reason we decided not to go to trial.”

Shemaria defended his client by describing her as “a dyed-in-the-wool animal lover” who would go to great lengths to rescue horses and a mother who taught her three children to love the animals.

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