A woman who pleaded guilty to her role in an online autograph fraud scheme was arrested again after prosecutors say she lied to local and FBI investigators.
WFMJ-TV in Youngstown, OH reported 62-year-old Rose Mary Panezich was booked into the Mahoning County Jail Friday for what was considered a probation violation. Panezich was one of several people who have either pleaded guilty or are facing charges in the case, which investigators say involves the sale of $2 million in fake autographs over a three-year period. Her 30-year-old son Cliff has been targeted by prosecutors as the organizer of the fraud ring.
Rose Mary Panezich was supposed to return to her current residence in Las Vegas on Friday to begin her sentence of house arrest after pleading guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. According to investigators, she served as the shipper of the phony items and bogus certificates of authenticity.
21 News reported that Panezich was arrested after conversations with authorities who were asking more questions about her son and two other men who recently withdrew their guilty pleas in the case and asked for a jury trial. They are now facing a 22-count indictment that includes charges of aggravated theft, telecommunications fraud, identity fraud and money laundering.