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Woman tied to international investment scam pleads guilty to tax evasion

A West Seneca woman involved in an international investment scam has pleaded guilty to conspiring to evade paying federal income taxes before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Prosecutors said Monica R. Romaszko, 62, helped funnel funds from selling worthless stock into bank accounts set up under phony names. In all, about 250 investors in Canada and the United Kingdom lost more than $2.9 million in the telemarketing scheme operated by Romaszko’s brother, Arnold Wrobel, a Buffalo native who was living in Barcelona, Spain. He has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said Romaszko opened two bank accounts, one in the Buffalo area, one in Fort Erie, Ont., to deposit funds that were later transferred to various accounts around the world. Investigators said she was responsible for the loss of $193,439 in federal income tax revenue. She is the fourth of 12 people involved in the case to be convicted.

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