Woman who faked illness to raise money must repay $640,000

CLARINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman has been ordered to repay $640,000 that prosecutors say she defrauded from people in Ohio and West Virginia to get money to send to a man she met online.

The Ohio attorney general’s office says 67-year-old Darlene Baldwin also was sentenced to prison Monday. She pleaded guilty to theft, attempted fraud and attempted money laundering.

Investigators say the Clarington, Ohio, woman scammed the money from people using various false stories, including that she was sick or about to lose her home. She promised to repay them but instead directed the money overseas to a man she had met online.

Monroe County Prosecutor James Peters says the sentence ensures that Baldwin won’t be able to keep taking advantage of “those who placed their trust in her.”