Texas woman pleads guilty to scam

By Staff reports

A Texas woman is going to prison for scamming a North Mississippi couple out of about $13,000, Attorney General Jim Hood this week announced.

Monica Clune, 44, of Farmer’s Branch, Texas, appeared at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford before Circuit Court Judge Andrew K. Howorth and pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud involving a scam against a Chickasaw County couple.

Judge Koworth sentenced Clune to five years on each count, to run consecutively, with 20-years suspended and five-years to serve day for day as a habitual offender based on two previous felony convictions for credit card abuse in Texas.

Clune must also go to the Restitution Center after her release and must serve five years of post- release supervision.

“We talked with the victims in this case and they are pleased with the sentencing,” said Attorney General Hood. “This defendant will have a chance to make full restitution or face more time behind bars.”

According to Hood, Clune, along with her husband John, solicited the victims for debt counseling. After receiving initial fees, Hood said the Clunes proceeded to collect money from the victims claiming they were obtaining settlements from creditors on behalf of the victims. After forwarding about $13,000 to the Clunes, Hood said the victims began to discover their money was not being forwarded to the creditors at all.

Hood said the money went to the Clune’s personal accounts. John Clune previously pled to the same charges and is now on probation.

This case was handled by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, investigated by Richie McCluskey and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General David Linzey.