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Niagara Falls woman pleads guilty in case involving money orders

A 47-year-old Niagara Falls woman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on charges of attempting to cause a financial institution to fail to file a transaction report, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Georgina Fisher -- also known as Georgina Baratta -- was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in January 2015, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to federal prosecutors, nearly 8 years ago, Fisher traveled to four Western Union agents in Amherst and Cheektowaga and purchased money orders for less than $3,000 to avoid having to show personal identification and share other specifics about the purchases, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Money order purchases up to $3,000 do not require the purchaser to show ID or reveal other specifics to an agent.

Fisher purchased $8,000 in money orders on Jan. 28, 2010, and over seven days between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6, 2010, made $3,000 transactions through Western Union agents at different locations for a total of $66,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Fisher is set to be sentenced April 10.

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