Trial postponed for woman accused of defrauding friends with cancer claims

Case moved back to June 15

March 23, 2010|By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

A former real estate agent charged with defrauding friends by claiming she had cancer was granted a postponement Tuesday in her trial.

Dina Perouty-Leone, 37, was indicted in November on theft and conspiracy counts in connection with her fundraising to treat a terminal illness that, it was later revealed, she did not have. Her trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder.

But an attorney, Christopher B. Luber, told the judge today that he had only recently been retained by Perouty-Leone and had not had time to prepare his case. Assistant State's Attorney Adam Lippe did not object to a postponement, and Souder set a trial date of June 15.

Perouty-Leone has a criminal history involving a mortgage scam and passing bad checks. She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on the latest charges, which also triggered a parole violation in relation to a previous case in Carroll County. If found guilty of the parole violation, she could be sent to prison for more than nine years.

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