Loading...
Crime

Linda Gagnon Defrauded Nuns of a Quarter of a Mil, Used Cash to Buy Lingerie and Other Goods, Feds in L.A. Claim

Comments (0)

By

Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM

click to enlarge The devil wears lingerie, feds allege. - LALALINGERIE.COM
  • lalalingerie.com
  • The devil wears lingerie, feds allege.
Is there a lingerie section in hell?

(If so, it would be hot).

It's a question prosecutors might be asking Monday after 57-year-old Southern California woman Linda Rose Gagnon surrendered to authorities following her indictment on allegations she defrauded a group of nuns out of $285,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. claims in a statement she used the money to:

... Pay for personal expenses, including pet sitting, lingerie, car payments and purchases at retail outlets

Ah, yes, we hear lingerie burns quite well.

Last week's indictment alleges that Gagnon set out to defraud the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, Inc., a congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters, after visiting a Rhode Island convent.

The Tustin woman offered to help the sisters under the banner of her Rose Enterprises, Inc, a company that purports to assist people with delinquent mortgages and real estate transactions, prosecutors say.

After learning that the sisters wanted to buy property in San Diego, authorities allege, Gangon drafted a phony letter from a California attorney convincing the prospective purchasers to wire over $285,000 for the deal, cash she allegedly kept.

The money came from ... the sisters' retirement account, feds say.

Burn baby, burn.

Of course, all sinners are presumed innocent until proven otherwise -- in this case the higher power known as federal court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office states that, if convicted, Gagnon could see 60 years. And that's before final judgment.

Gagnon was expected to be in court in L.A. this afternoon for arraignment.

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Street League Skateboarding Super Crown World Championship
    On Sunday, Street League Skateboarding touched down in the Galen Center at USC as part of a four-stop tour for SLS's Super Crown World Championship. The L.A. stop determined the roster for Super Crown, airing August 24th on FOX Sports 1. The final eight are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O'Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • Comic-Con's "Celebrity" Autograph Area
    A sometimes overlooked (but still incredibly unique) aspect of San Diego Comic-Con are the celebs available to sign autographs, as well as the autograph seekers themselves. If you've ever wanted to meet the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld or the guy who played Michelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, chances are, as you wander the Autograph Area, you'll be able to connect with someone you didn't even realize you were waiting your whole life to meet! All photos by Rob Inderrieden.
  • Real Madrid Soccer Practice at UCLA
    Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.