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Girl admits she posed as vacation agent, scammed nearby target | Neighborhood Information

NEWBURY — A Worcester girl who posed as a journey agent was sentenced to 9 months in jail Thursday just after admitting she stole $2,100 from a community girl who paid her to e book a Hawaiian relatives vacation in 2019. 

Jessica M. Teixeira, 43, of Locust Avenue pleaded responsible in Newburyport District Court docket, by way of videoconference, to a one count of larceny about $1,200. Her guilty plea will come in the midst of a 40-month federal jail sentence in Danbury, Connecticut, following pleading guilty to comparable crimes in New Hampshire. 

Court docket documents clearly show Teixeira is suspected of other larceny offenses in Vermont and New York stemming from the identical vacation scam. In all, she is suspected of stealing more than $17,000. 

Teixeira operated a vacation website and made use of her connections with a good friend of the victim to arrange a assembly, in accordance to courtroom data. The victim, who read excellent points about Teixeira from her close friend, agreed to fork out her $2,100, broken up into a sequence of more compact payments 

At the same time, at minimum two of the victim’s mates also agreed to have Teixeira e book holidays for them. One more sufferer even gave Teixeira many thousand pounds to buy into the vacation agency.

But the web-site was a phony and Teixeira utilised her powers of persuasion, along with a barbecue, to acquire the have faith in of the target and her pals, according to Newbury law enforcement Officer Mark Smigielski’s report. 

When the sufferer paid Teixeira the previous of the $2,100, the site became inoperative and all tries to reach her unsuccessful. 

“It was identified by the team that Teixeira experienced been concerned in a prison case with the FBI and federal governing administration that might have associated comparable behaviors and techniques which took spot in New Hampshire. When studying this facts, they experienced attempted to contact Teixeira about remaining refunded quantities compensated to her,” Smigielski wrote in his report. 

In an effects statement given to Judge William Martin, the victim wrote: 

“Now we are being built conscious Jessica was arrested in federal courtroom on Nov. 6, 2018, for securities fraud, and money laundering. We have not acquired remaining journey plans. Her organization internet site no more time functions and all commutations with her has stopped.” 

Smigiekski tried to contact Teixeira a number of occasions with no outcome. Inevitably, he submitted and acquired a warrant for her arrest. 

Personnel author Dave Rogers can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.