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Linden Woman Convicted for Charity Fraud

Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey woman has been convicted for her role in defrauding a charity out of more than $7 million in donated HIV and cancer medications.

Lateefah McKenzie Body was found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and nine counts of mail fraud following a two-week trial. The 35-year-old Linden resident faces several decades in prison when she’s sentenced Dec. 12.

Two other women charged in the case had pleaded guilty last November to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors say the three stole from the charity by using their access to a company hired to administer the program.

They were accused of entering hundreds of fraudulent computer orders so that medicines could be resold at a profit.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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