Mo. woman pleads guilty in supplements fraud -

Mo. woman pleads guilty in supplements fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri woman has admitted taking part in a scheme to fraudulently market dietary supplements over the Internet.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 25-year-old Mai Lor of Springfield faces up to five years in prison plus a fine of up to $250,000.

Prosecutors announced Monday that Lor pleaded guilty last week to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Lor was part-owner of a company that bought and sold dietary supplements. Prosecutors say the supplements were fraudulently advertised as preventing, treating or curing such diseases as heartburn and high cholesterol.

The government says nearly $12 million worth of the supplements were sold.

Under the plea deal, Lor agreed to forfeit any property bought with proceeds from the scheme, including several properties in Springfield, Rogersville and Pleasant Hope.

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