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Woman indicted for alleged money laundering, theft

January 17, 2014 day, year

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a Conroe woman Tuesday on charges of money laundering.

According to an offense report with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Nianna Nashell Payne, 35, is alleged to have possessed stolen property belonging to residents of an area assisted-living facility and profited from the sale of the allegedly stolen items.

Payne was an employee of an assisted-living facility before allegedly being fired last summer after residents reported numerous instances of having personal items stolen.

Payne is scheduled for a court date next week on a related charge of third-degree felony theft of an elderly individual.

An investigator with the Conroe Police Department searched the defendant's name online and allegedly discovered 181 pieces of jewelry sold by Payne to pawn shops and a gold buyer in Montgomery County, where Payne was paid $12,693. The detective secured the information by traveling to each pawn shop and gold buyer where the defendant allegedly sold the jewelry.

Money laundering is a state jail felony punishable by two years to 180 days in prison, and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Third degree felony theft is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.


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