A former private investigator believed to be involved in an alleged scheme to defraud a private investigations client pleaded guilty to one of eleven counts of wire fraud.
69-year-old Patricia Walker-Halstead appeared in Federal Court Monday where she plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. She could face up to 20 years in prison.
Investigators say 69-year-old Patricia Walker-Halstead convinced a client who feared she was being stalked to give her money in exchange for providing security services.
The initial indictment alleged that Walker-Halstead told the client she was working with was a Nebraska State Patrol captain and that the captain was a potential romantic suitor for the client. When Walker-Halstead suggested the captain needed money, the client gave the money and Walker-Halstead did not provide the services promised.
Walker-Halstead obtained $856,080.22 from the client through her alleged misrepresentations and used the money to make personal purchases and to pay for her personal gambling expenditures.