Arlington woman charged in wire fraud

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Friday, June 12
BENNINGTON — An East Arlington woman has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors on charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Denise M. Hall, 51, of East Arlington, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return, after taking between $120,000 and $200,000 from her employer, Rosemary Altea of Dorset, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Darrow.

Hall was employed by Altea, a nationally known self-proclaimed psychic and "spiritual medium" who has appeared on "Oprah" and "Larry King Live," between 2001 and 2008 as an office manager and bookkeeper.

Hall's Bennington-based attorney, David F. Silver, said Hall is a "decent, lovely, wonderful person" who has "cooperated completely with the government." He said the plea agreement does not include sentencing, which will be determined by a judge.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. The maximum penalties under federal law are 20 years in prison for wire fraud, and 3 years in prison for the tax fraud.

— Neal Goswami

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