Tacoma woman pleads guilty to wire fraud in federal court



For six years, Sabrina Taylor persuaded people to give her money: for her tuition, for her multiple sclerosis medication, for her brother’s bail. She would pay him back, she said. She had money coming in.

She lied. She didn’t pay tuition at the University of Washington. She didn’t have MS or a brother in prison. The $600,000 she stole from friends and people she met online paid for plane tickets, clothes and makeup.

Taylor, a 40-year-old Tacoma resident, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Seattle, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

From 2013 to 2019, Taylor borrowed money from acquaintances and people on online forums, federal prosecutors found. She admitted to stealing $550,000 from a single victim. She falsely promised that she could repay the stolen money with her paychecks, with money from a pending legal settlement, with money from her parents.

Prosecutors have recommended no more than 27 months in prison for Taylor. Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez, unbound by the recommendation, could impose up to 20 years. Taylor’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 7.

This story was originally published July 1, 2022 2:21 p.m.

Allen is a reporting intern for The News Tribune.

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