MINNEAPOLIS, MN – 61-year-old Carolyn Cassar of Rochester was indicted on April 15th with one count of wire fraud. The indictment alleges that from May 2006 through September 2012, Cassar tried to obtain money through false and fraudulent pretenses. She is accused of trying to get money from an elderly couple by saying she needed the money to take a trip to Washington DC and attend to the affairs of her recently deceased daughter. She also said she needed money to travel to Italy in order to prosecute a business agent who had defrauded her. She told the couple she would repay them once she was able to receive money she was allegedly inheriting from her father which had been stolen by the business agent. To support her false claims, Cassar provided the victims with airline itineraries for her flights to Italy.
According to the indictment, Cassar instead used the money to go on a vacation in Europe with her son. She also took design professionals to Italy to study its architecture and design a home for her.
If convicted, Cassar could face up to 20 years in prison. The case will be decided by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rochester Police Department.