WILMINGTON >> A local woman pleaded not guilty to perjury charges alleging she made false statements in three bankruptcy cases she filed.

Donna Young, 67, of Wilmington, was released on conditions pending trial, according to the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont. The trial date was not scheduled yet.

If convicted, Young faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. She was arrested Thursday after a federal grand jury in Rutland returned a three-count indictment against Young on April 13.

"According to the indictment, on two dates in 2013 and a third time in October 2014, Donna Young filed bankruptcy petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Vermont," a press release said. "The petitions were fraudulent because they were filed in the name of Donna Young's daughter, Kelli-Ann Young, without Kelli-Ann's knowledge or consent."

Young is accused of forging her daughter's signature on each of the petitions which were submitted at a time when Young was facing foreclosure and eviction in state court for a West Dover property. Young's daughter had owned the property at one point.

During the foreclosure and filing of the bankruptcy petitions, Young was said to be living in the West Dover house

"The U.S. Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty," the press release noted.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.



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