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Niagara Falls woman indicted for money order purchases

A federal grand jury has indicted a Niagara Falls woman on charges of trying to circumvent federal financial reporting requirements.

Georgina Fisher, 44, also known as Georgina Baratta, is charged with nine counts of causing a financial institution to fail to file transaction reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse said Fisher traveled between various Western Union offices in Western New York and purchased four or five $500 money orders. She said the defendant wanted to avoid reporting requirements that are triggered by the purchase of more than $3,000 in money orders.

The indictment is the result of an Internal Revenue Service investigation.