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Jury conjures guilty verdict in Maryland woman’s fraud trial

U.S. District Court Greenbelt

An investment adviser was convicted Wednesday of charges she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, some of which she used to pay more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off federal investigators.

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Ponzi scheme suspect paid $720K for prayers amid SEC probe

Dennis Boyle, left, and Blerina Jasari, lawyers for Dawn Bennett, walk outside the federal courthouse, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Greenbelt, Md. Authorities and a government witness say that Bennett cast paranormal spells and spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on prayers in a desperate attempt to avoid charges that she orchestrated a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)

An investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off a federal investigation and save her failing business, according to testimony at her trial this week.

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Court filings: Md. woman tried to place ‘voodoo spell’ on lawyers investigating her

Some of the sealed Mason jars with identifying information about government lawyers found in a freezer of Dawn J. Bennett’s Chevy Chase penthouse. (U.S. District Court filing)

A federal investigation into allegations Dawn J. Bennett was running a $20 million Ponzi scheme took a strange turn earlier this month after authorities searched her Chevy Chase penthouse. There, FBI agents found written directions and materials to be used ...

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