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Date: 08-26-2021

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United States of America v. Marilyn Cook, a/k/a Marilyn Powell and Marilyn Sunset

Case Number: 2:19-cr-00124-TLN


Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Sacramento County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Sacramento, CA: Fraud charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Marilyn Cook, age 58, who was indicted for for filing false claims for unclaimed property held by the California State Controller’s Office Unclaimed Property Division.

According to court documents, in August and September 2014, Cook, using the alias Marilyn Sunset, committed a scheme to defraud by filing false claims with the Division of Unclaimed Property for properties belonging to the United States Marshals and others. For each claim, Cook certified under penalty of perjury that she was entitled to claim the identified properties. Cook used a State of Tennessee Identification Card that she obtained in the name Marilyn Sunset to have certain claim forms notarized as required by the Unclaimed Property Division. Cook also submitted fictitious documents in support of her claim, including a letter on Department of Justice letterhead that falsely purported to have been signed by a former Assistant Attorney General, authorizing Sunset to collect properties on behalf of the U.S. Marshals. In all, Cook falsely claimed 128 properties totaling $398,537. The Unclaimed Property Division identified the claims as fraudulent and did not disperse any property to Cook.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Shelley D. Weger prosecuted the case.

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Outcome: Imprisonment of 29 months, to be served consecutively to Eastern District of Tennessee, Docket No. 3:18CR00019-001. The Court recommended that the defendant be incarcerated at FCI Dublin, California. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on Supervised Release for a Term of 24 months. The defendant shall pay a Special Assessment of $100.00, payment to begin immediately. The Court found the defendant did not have the ability to pay a fine, and the imposition of a fine was waived.

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