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Manhattan woman pleads guilty in scam to buy Florida pad

May 12, 2010 05:19PM

A Manhattan woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree grand larceny in connection with a $35 million scam that spanned November 2006 to February 2010, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Victoria Wofford, the founder and president of Tri-Pen Management, made fraudulent charges to two separate American Express business accounts in order to purchase a stake in a restaurant chain, buy a St. Petersburg, Fla. apartment and develop software for her business. District Attorney Cyrus Vance described the crime as a high priority case for his office. “This defendant committed multimillion-dollar fraud in a systematic fashion over a number of years,” Vance said in a written statement. TRD