Trina Lee Kenney
Inga Whittman, aka Jackie Hayden, aka Sam Haydenburg, aka Patricia Jennings, aka Rachel Jennings, aka Ruth Jennings, aka Kate Kenney, aka Lisa Kenny, aka Sarah Lorenza, aka Sierra Randolph, aka Hattie Rush, aka Leslie Watson
JUDGMENT AND PROBATION/COMMITMENT ORDER
In the presence of the attorney for the government, the defendant appeared in person on this date.
April 13 2011
Joseph Shemeria, Rtnd. (Name of Counsel)
GUILTY, and the court being satisfied that there is a factual basis for the plea.
There being a finding/verdict of GUILTY, defendant has been convicted as charged of the offense(s) of:
Mail Fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 2(b) as charged in the Single-Count Information.
The Court asked whether there was any reason why judgment should not be pronounced. Because no sufficient cause to the contrary was shown, or appeared to the Court, the Court adjudged the defendant guilty as charged and convicted and ordered that: Pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, it is the judgment of the Court that the defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a term of:
Forty-One (41) months. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on supervised release for a term of three (3) years under the following terms and conditions:
The defendant shall comply with the rules and regulations of the
- S. Probation Office and General Order 05-02;
The defendant shall refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance.
The defendant shall submit to one drug test within 15 days of release from imprisonment and at least two periodic drug tests thereafter, not to exceed eight tests per month, as directed by the Probation Officer;
The defendant shall participate in an outpatient substance abuse treatment and counseling program that includes urinalysis, breath, and/or sweat patch testing, as directed by the Probation Officer. The defendant shall abstain from using illicit drugs and alcohol, and abusing prescription medications during the period of supervision;
During the course of supervision, the Probation Officer, with the agreement of the defendant and defense counsel, may place the defendant in a residential drug treatment program approved by the United States Probation Office for treatment of narcotic addiction or drug dependency, which may include counseling and testing, to determine if the defendant has reverted to the use of drugs, and the defendant shall reside in the treatment program until discharged by the Program Director and Probation Officer;
The defendant shall participate in mental health treatment, which may include evaluation and counseling, until discharged from the treatment by the treatment provider, with the approval of the Probation Officer.
As directed by the Probation Officer, the defendant shall pay all or part of the costs of treating the defendant’s alcohol dependency and psychiatric disorder to the aftercare contractor during the period of community supervision, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3672. The defendant shall provide payment and proof of payment as directed by the Probation Officer;
During the period of community supervision the defendant shall pay the special assessment and restitution in accordance with this judgment’s orders pertaining to such payment;
The defendant shall apply all monies received from income tax refunds, lottery winnings, inheritance, judgments and any anticipated or unexpected financial gains to the outstanding court-ordered financial obligation; and
The defendant shall cooperate in the collection of a DNA sample from the defendant.
It is further ordered that the defendant surrender herself to the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons on or before 12 noon, on June 15, 2011. In the absence of such designation, the defendant shall report on or before the same date and time, to the United States Marshal located at the Roybal Federal Building, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.
It is ordered that the defendant shall pay to the United States a special assessment of $100, which is due immediately.
It is ordered that the defendant shall pay restitution in the total amount of $272,609.50 pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3663A to victims as set forth in a separate victim list prepared by the probation office which this Court adopts and which reflects the Court’s determination of the amount of restitution due to each victim. The victim list, which shall be forwarded to the fiscal section of the clerk’s office, shall remain confidential to protect the privacy interests of the victims.
Restitution shall be due during the period of imprisonment, at the rate of not less than $25 per quarter, and pursuant to the Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Financial Responsibility Program. If any amount of the restitution remains unpaid after release from custody, nominal monthly payments of at least $25 shall be made during the period of supervised release. These payments shall begin 30 days after the commencement of supervision. Nominal restitution payments are ordered as the court finds that the defendant’s economic circumstances do not allow for either immediate or future payment of
If the defendant makes a partial payment, each payee shall receive approximately proportional payment unless another priority order or percentage payment is specified in this judgment.
The amount of restitution ordered shall be paid as set forth in the separate victim list prepared by the probation office.
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3612(f)(3)(A), interest on the restitution ordered is waived because the defendant does not have the ability to pay interest. Payments may be subject to penalties for default and delinquency pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3612(g).
The defendant shall comply with General Order No. 01-05.
All fines are waived as it is found that the defendant does not have the ability to pay a fine in
To the extent defendant retained any rights to appeal, defendant advised to file a notice of appeal within fourteen days.
Bond exonerated upon surrender.
Court recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be evaluated for placement into a 500-hour drug treatment program. The Court further recommends that the defendant be incarcerated in the FPC-Phoenix facility.
In addition to the special conditions of supervision imposed above, it is hereby ordered that the Standard Conditions of Probation and Supervised Release within this judgment be imposed. The Court may change the conditions of supervision, reduce or extend the period of supervision, and at any time during the supervision period or within the maximum period permitted by law, may issue a warrant and revoke supervision for a violation occurring during the supervision period.
- S. District Judge
It is ordered that the Clerk deliver a copy of this Judgment and Probation/Commitment Order to the U.S. Marshal or other qualified officer.
Clerk, U.S. District Court
April 15, 2011
The defendant shall comply with the standard conditions that have been adopted by this court (set forth below).
STANDARD CONDITIONS OF PROBATION AND SUPERVISED RELEASE
While the defendant is on probation or supervised release pursuant to this judgment:
- the defendant shall not associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity, and shall not associate with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer;
The defendant shall not commit another Federal, state or local crime; the defendant shall not leave the judicial district without the written permission of the court or probation officer; the defendant shall report to the probation officer as directed by the court or probation officer and shall submit a truthful and complete written report within the first five days of each month; the defendant shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instructions of the probation officer; the defendant shall support his or her dependents and meet other family responsibilities; the defendant shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons; the defendant shall notify the probation officer at least 10 days prior to any change in residence or employment; the defendant shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any narcotic or other controlled substance, or any paraphernalia related to such substances, except as prescribed by a physician; the defendant shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed or administered;
- the defendant shall permit a probation officer to visit him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view by the probation officer;
- the defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer;
- the defendant shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or a special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the court;
- as directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks that may be occasioned by the defendant’s criminal record or personal history or characteristics, and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and to conform the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement;
- the defendant shall, upon release from any period of custody, report to the probation officer within 72 hours;
- and, for felony cases only: not possess a firearm, destructive device, or any other dangerous weapon.
The defendant will also comply with the following special conditions pursuant to General Order 01-05 (set forth below).
STATUTORY PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO PAYMENT AND COLLECTION OF FINANCIAL SANCTIONS
The defendant shall pay interest on a fine or restitution of more than $2,500, unless the court waives interest or unless the fine or restitution is paid in full before the fifteenth (15th) day after the date of the judgment pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3612(f)(1). Payments may be subject to penalties for default and delinquency pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3612(g). Interest and penalties pertaining to restitution , however, are not applicable for offenses completed prior to April 24, 1996.
If all or any portion of a fine or restitution ordered remains unpaid after the termination of supervision, the defendant shall pay the balance as directed by the United States Attorney’s Office. 18 U.S.C. §3613.
The defendant shall notify the United States Attorney within thirty (30) days of any change in the defendant’s mailing address or residence until all fines, restitution, costs, and special assessments are paid in full. 18 U.S.C. §3612(b)(1)(F).
The defendant shall notify the Court through the Probation Office, and notify the United States Attorney of any material change in the defendant’s economic circumstances that might affect the defendant’s ability to pay a fine or restitution, as required by 18 U.S.C. §3664(k). The Court may also accept such notification from the government or the victim, and may, on its own motion or that of a party or the victim, adjust the manner of payment of a fine or restitution-pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3664(k). See also 18 U.S.C. §3572(d)(3) and for probation 18 U.S.C.
Payments shall be applied in the following order:
- Special assessments pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3013;
- Restitution, in this sequence:
Private victims (individual and corporate), Providers of compensation to private victims, The United States as victim;
- Community restitution, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3663(c); and
- Other penalties and costs.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR PROBATION AND SUPERVISED RELEASE
As directed by the Probation Officer, the defendant shall provide to the Probation Officer: (1) a signed release authorizing credit report inquiries; (2) federal and state income tax returns or a signed release authorizing their disclosure and (3) an accurate financial statement, with supporting documentation as to all assets, income and expenses of the defendant. In addition, the defendant shall not apply for any loan or open any line of credit without prior approval of the Probation Officer.
The defendant shall maintain one personal checking account. All of defendant’s income, “monetary gains,” or other pecuniary proceeds shall be deposited into this account, which shall be used for payment of all personal expenses. Records of all other bank accounts, including any business accounts, shall be disclosed to the Probation Officer upon request.
The defendant shall not transfer, sell, give away, or otherwise convey any asset with a fair market value in excess of $500 without approval of the Probation Officer until all financial obligations imposed by the Court have been satisfied in full.
These conditions are in addition to any other conditions imposed by this judgment.
I have executed the within Judgment and Commitment as follows:
Defendant noted on appeal on
Defendant’s appeal determined on
to the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons, with a certified copy of the within Judgment and Commitment.
United States Marshal
Date Deputy Marshal
I hereby attest and certify this date that the foregoing document is a full, true and correct copy of the original on file in my office, and in my
Clerk, U.S. District Court
FOR U.S. PROBATION OFFICE USE ONLY
Upon a finding of violation of probation or supervised release, I understand that the court may (1) revoke supervision, (2) extend the term of supervision, and/or (3) modify the conditions of supervision.
These conditions have been read to me. I fully understand the conditions and have been provided a copy of them.
- S. Probation Officer/Designated Witness
RELEASED FROM PRISON May 2013
Trina Lee Kenney, of Wrightwood, was sentenced late yesterday by United States District Judge A. Howard Matz. In addition to the 41-month prison term, Judge Matz ordered Kenney to pay $272,609.50 in restitution to 88 victims.
In sentencing Kenney on Wednesday, Judge Matz cited the number of victims and Kenney’s indifference to the victims. Referring to the victims, Judge Matz told Kenney that she “broke their hearts and stole their money.”
Kenney pleaded guilty in October 2010, to mail fraud, specifically admitting that she defrauded prospective horse purchasers in 23 states and Canada. As part of the scheme, Kenney offered horses for sale in advertisements she placed on various Internet sites. Doing business under several names—including Prestige Distribution, Horses and Ponies, and Star Horses—Kenney advertised the horses for sale on websites such as dreamhorse.com, equine.com, and horsetopia.com.
Kenney’s ads were fraudulent because she made false claims that the horses had specific physical characteristics, abilities, and temperaments; that horses were specific breeds or had specific pedigrees; or that the horses were registered with national or international organizations. Kenney also made false claims about the horses’ health and a “money back” guarantee. After receiving payment for a horse purchase, Kenney defrauded customers in a number of ways, including failing to provide a horse, failing to refund monies to victims who received substandard horses, and delivering a different horse than promised.
During the fraud scheme, Kenney also falsely claimed that particular horses were safe for children and beginner riders. When she pleaded guilty, Kenney admitted that she drugged horses to make them appear docile and that she had painted at least two horses to make them appear black, rather than their natural brown color. Kenney further acknowledged that various horses she delivered were starved, were covered in sores and cuts, had hooves that had been untrimmed so the horses were unable to walk, or were suffering from strangles, a severely contagious equine respiratory disease.
In documents filed in relation to the sentencing, prosecutors argued that Kenney’s crimes “involved significant cruelty to helpless and often distressed animals dependant on [Kenney] for care.” The government sentencing memo quotes a former Kenney employee as reporting: “The question was not when the horses were fed, but ‘if’ the horses were fed or had water.”
After Kenney’s victims posted complaints about her fraudulent scheme on Internet bulletin boards and horse-related chat rooms, Kenney began using a series of aliases to conceal her identity and continue the fraudulent scheme.