An Omaha woman has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for wire fraud.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg reports 31-year-old Patricia Urbanovsky will serve three years of supervised release after being released from prison. She also has been ordered to make $4.7 million in restitution.
Federal prosecutors accused Urbanovsky of creating an elaborate scheme through her business Creative Creations.
An investigation conducted by the Omaha Police Department, the FBI, and the IRS uncovered the fraudulent scheme which ran from May 2014 through March of 2015.
Urbanovsky personally, and through Creative Creations, sold vacation packages, claiming to customers she had a special relationship with Southwest Airlines and Southwest Vacations that allowed her to secure deep discounts.
She had no such relationship and received no such discounts. Instead, Urbanovsky would use the money paid by new customers to cover the cost of vacation packages sold to previous customers. The investigation found the cost of airline tickets consistently exceeded the cash collected from subsequent sales.
Square, Incorporated, a third party credit card processor for Creative Creations, suffered more than $4.6 million in losses as a result of credit card charge backs from Urbanovsky’s Creative Creations accounts. In total, 9 victims sustained losses totaling almost $4.7 million.