Woman convicted in vacant home sale scheme

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An Indianapolis woman was convicted by a jury Wednesday in connection with a scheme that left several victims without homes they believed they purchased from her.

Shela Amos was found guilty on two counts of corrupt business influence, two counts of burglary, six counts of forgery and six counts of theft.

Authorities said Amos sold vacant homes that she did not own or have the legal authority to sell.  Amos and her business partner, Beverly Cannedy, collected more than $24,000 for six homes.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said there were 37 victims affected by the scheme.  Curry said many of the victims were of Hispanic descent and other victims were connected to Amos by family or friends.

“Shela Amos was scam artist who preyed upon naïve members of our community, cloaking her activities under the phony authority of being an alleged sovereign citizen,” Prosecutor Curry said. “There is no doubt that she and her colleagues would still be victimizing vulnerable individuals but for this prosecution.”

Cannedy, also charged in the case, pleaded guilty to corrupt business influence, forgery and theft.  She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7.

Amos will be sentenced on May 9.

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