Midwestern Woman Scams Deaf, Elderly People Out of $1.2 Million

Midwestern Woman Scams Deaf, Elderly People Out of $1.2 Million

A jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s federal court has convicted an Indiana woman of scamming deaf and elderly people across the country and elsewhere of about $1.2 million, the York Dispatch reports.

The victims include an elderly couple who sent Donna L. Summerlin a total of about $500,000, depleting their life savings.

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Summerlin, 62, but a pre-sentence conference is scheduled for Oct. 19, according to federal court records.

The Fortville, Indiana, woman was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, as well as conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, court records state.

Summerlin — who herself is hearing-impaired — acted as a “money mule” for an international advance-fee scheme to swindle people, her federal indictment states.

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