A Boise woman's ingenious mail fraud scheme could put her on the chain gang until past her 75th birthday. Debra Keith Snodgrass, 53, pled guilty in an Alabama district court last week to ripping off NASA for over a decade, to the tune of well over a million dollars.
According to an FBI release, Snodgrass and her sister-in-law Alice Vetter cooked up a scheme wherein they submitted false invoices to NASA through Boeing Computer Support Services and Computer Sciences Corporation. These phony funds then--thanks to some serious financial oversight problems at Boeing--went back through Snodgrass and Vetter's own companies, Tri Co Audio and Vetters Distributors. The pair netted over $1.3 million between January 1992 and August 2003 through the scheme, but the ride stopped following an 2003 investigation by NASA and the FBI. Snodgrass faces up to five years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, up to 20 for mail fraud and $250,000 in fines on both counts.