A 70-year-old Omaha private investigator has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for wire fraud.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg reports Patricia Walker-Halstead will have to serve two years of supervised release after serving her prison sentence. Walker-Halstead has also been ordered to make half a million dollars in restitution.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the U.S. Secret Service investigated the case in which Walker-Halstead used fraudulent emails from March of 2011 through November of 2012 to bilk money from a client of Walker Investigations.
Walker-Halstead created a fictitious investigator named “Scott” who she claimed worked for the Nebraska State Patrol and was having financial trouble due to medical bills, legal expenses, and personal expenses. The client forwarded financial assistance over the time period that totaled $500,000.