The federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has indicted an Omaha woman on 11 counts of wire fraud as a result of her alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud a client of her business, Walker Investigations.
Sixty-seven-year-old Patricia Walker-Halstead allegedly convinced a client who feared she was being stalked to give her money in exchange for providing security services.
The Secret Service and Nebraska State Patrol served a search warrant at a residence near North 115th Street and Read Circle on August 7th, seizing a computer, documents and an SUV. Walker-Halstead said at a Thursday news conference that she is not guilty, that she was hired in March 2011 to investigate several people, including the client's former husbands and people she dated.
It is alleged Walker-Halstead lied about conducting an investigation yielding evidence sufficient to take the stalker to court. The indictment also alleges that Walker-Halstead told the client she was working with a Nebraska State Patrol captain and that the captain was a potential romantic suitor for the client. At various times, Walker-Halstead suggested the captain needed money for various purposes and asked the client to send her money which she would give to him.
The indictment goes on to say that the NSP captain in reality did not exist and Walker-Halstead did not provide the services she said she performed.
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.
Each of the wire fraud counts is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, along with a five-year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of a 2012 GMC Terrain and the contents of a bank account in the name of Walker Investigations.