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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:50 PM

Creative Creations owner pleads not guilty to 25 charges in federal court

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Janice Podsada

Patricia Urbanovsky, owner of Creative Creations, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Omaha on Monday to 25 federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Urbanovsky, 30, was indicted last month on nine counts of money laundering and 16 counts of wire fraud in connection with the sale of millions of dollars worth in worthless travel vouchers through her Omaha event planning company.

She remains free while she awaits a trial; no bail was set. She had to surrender her passport and is required to remain in Nebraska.

The judge told Urbanovsky that each of the 16 wire fraud charges carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years; each money laundering charge carries a maximum sentence of five years.

FULL story at link.


REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD
Patricia Urbanovsky, owner of Creative Creations, arrives with attorney Steve Lefler, right, for her first appearance in federal court to face 25 federal charges — 16 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering — at U.S. District Court in Omaha, Neb., Monday, March 21, 2016.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/money/creative-creations-owner-pleads-not-guilty-to-charges-in-federal/article_8c1f8e6e-ef8f-11e5-a1d5-13dbd30e09a2.html

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:52 PM

1. worthless travel vouchers? No. They were "creative creations"!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:53 PM

2. Creative Way to get Cash

Her attorney looks as crooked as she does
Who's the guy on the left just in front of her?

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Response to rpannier (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 09:00 PM

5. Damn! That's my brother.

I was sure Joey would call when they released him again!

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Response to rpannier (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:33 PM

10. I knew I'd seen that hat before

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:48 PM

11. Briefcases look interesetingly similar as well

You're on to something

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Response to rpannier (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 03:23 AM

14. Family discount on the suits-"Lefler’s son, attorney Matthew Burns, is assisting with the case"

I don't think I'd buy a travel voucher from any of those people.

I bet there's nothing left over when it's time for the bilked customers to get paid.

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Response to rpannier (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:55 AM

17. Her attorney looks like Al Bundy! N/M

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:56 PM

3. Her lawyer basically said she didn't know any better.

Anyone ever hear "Ignorance of the law is no excuse?"

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Response to merrily (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:20 PM

7. She didn't know any better?

...Creative Creations sold vouchers for travel on Southwest Airlines that the company said were valid for travel anywhere in the United States. Southwest was not involved in voucher sales...Urbanovsky offered her employees a commission for each voucher sold. The firm then would create an invoice documenting the purchase. The invoice served as the client’s “voucher.”

Purchasers were told that they had to book their flights through Creative Creations’ online portal.

Some customers were able to successfully book travel through late March 2015, but other would-be travelers discovered that their vouchers were worthless and came away empty-handed.

At one point, Urbanovsky posed as an airline employee to further her scheme...

Sounds like she knew plenty!


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:23 PM

8. Yes, I know. I guess ignorance of the law is all her lawyer could come up with.

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Response to merrily (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:29 PM

9. The lawyer has recommended a sentence though she has pleaded not guilty

Is HE ignorant of the law himself -- or mounting a stealth ineffective counsel defense?


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 08:57 PM

4. WTF

 

So they let a person facing 365 Years if the sentence is served consecutively out on bail, but please please please don't flee. Must be rich...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 09:44 PM

6. Urbanovsky, 30, declared herself “not guilty” in federal court in Omaha...

(Her) attorney...also declared Urbanovsky innocent...(He) repeatedly has described his client’s actions as unintentional “mistakes” made because she wasn’t knowledgeable about sound businesses practices...Still, he said, even if Urbanovsky is convicted, he hoped she would receive a sentence of no more than seven to 10 years in prison...

Seriously? I don't know what I find more appalling -- that her attorney might have said that IN court, or that he might have said it OUTSIDE of court! I'm afraid Ms. Urbanovsky made another "unintentional mistake" when she hired him!


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:34 PM

12. She looks like a rags-to-rags "success". /nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:57 PM

13. I want that hat.

 

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Response to Hoppy (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:32 AM

15. The guy looks like he just escaped from a production of WAITING FOR GODOT n/t.

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 02:02 PM

18. or a Rene Magritte painting

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 08:52 AM

16. if the deal sounds too good to be true.....

but as we see travel sites advertise all these fabulous discounts you can see the entry way for crooks

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