Woman extradited to Mississippi in embezzlement case that scammed seniors, veterans

September 19, 2014 in The Buzz

Gina Palasini

Gina Palasini

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Former fugitive Gina Palasini arrived in Mississippi this week to face financial fraud charges. Investigators say she ran schemes to take people’s money without delivering on promises to help them obtain government benefits, including those for veterans.

The Clarion-Ledger reports 52-year-old Palasini owned several businesses. Victims say she stole their money and jeopardized their eligibility with Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Palasini accused of orchestrating schemes to misuse investors’ money.

She was extradited to Sunflower County, Mississippi, from Palm Springs, California, where she had been held since her Aug. 29 arrest on a warrant by the U.S. Marshals Service.

It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

Authorities say Palasini left Mississippi while she was out on bond awaiting sentencing for felony false pretense.