- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Federal authorities have indicted an Omaha woman accused of selling thousands of worthless airline vouchers.

Patricia Urbanovsky was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha on nine counts of money laundering and 16 counts of wire fraud. Her attorney, Steven Lefler, said Friday he hadn’t talked to Urbanovsky yet and couldn’t comment. She’s already facing state charges of theft by deception.

The 30-year-old Urbanovsky is the owner of Creative Creations in Omaha. Authorities say she ran a scheme through her business to sell discounted airline travel vouchers, which turned out to be worthless. Authorities say the company purchased the vouchers for airline flights at a reduced rate and resold them to the public. But hundreds of customers discovered their vouchers wouldn’t be honored because the company had overbooked flights.

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