Credit-repair client testifies at trial
News from Arkansas Online:
Several people from Arkansas and beyond testified Wednesday before a federal jury that they sent money between 2004 and 2011 to a woman in Southaven, Miss., to pay for credit-repair services or federal grant money that never materialized, and then found they couldn’t get their money back.
Prosecutors say that’s because the “opportunity” offered by Sherry LaJoyce Mance, who lives in a small town near Pine Bluff, and Tiffany Morris of Southaven, was a scam designed only to enrich the women themselves.
Mance and Morris were jointly indicted Jan. 8, 2014, on a charge of wire-fraud conspiracy and seven individual counts of wire fraud.
Mance, 50, was expected to be tried alongside Morris in the Little Rock courtroom of U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall, but she pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to the conspiracy charge in exchange for the other charges being dropped. Mance’s plea agreement also required her to testify as a government witness at Morris’ trial, which she did Wednesday.
In opening statements Tuesday afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Bragg told jurors that Mance and Morris worked together to entice people into giving them cashier’s checks or wiring them money through Money Gram stations. In return, “clients” were promised that they would see their credit scores improve, enabling them to get lower financing on loans, or that they wou…………… continues on Arkansas Online