- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a Lockport woman of scheming to swindle $650,000 from an unidentified not-for-profit organization that coordinated organ donations in Illinois and northwest Indiana.

The Chicago jury convicted 46-year-old Debra A. Schultz on Wednesday of three counts of wire fraud.

Prosecutors say that from 2008 through 2010 fraudulent invoices requested payment to Schultz and an associate for organ and tissue procurement work that wasn’t performed.

Many of the false invoices specified that Schultz’s son and another individual were doctors who performed organ and tissue procurement, when in reality neither did such work. When the fraud began, Schultz’s son was 17 years old and attending high school.

Schultz faces up to 60 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. scheduled sentencing for May 19.

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