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Omaha private detective imprisoned for defrauding client

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OMAHA — An Omaha private investigator convicted of fraud has been given a year and a day in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Patricia Walker-Halstead was sentenced last week to two years of supervised release after she leaves prison and was ordered to pay restitution of $500,000.

Walker-Halstead pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after prosecutors dropped 10 other counts in exchange.

Prosecutors said she lied to a client about developing evidence and conducting background checks. Court records say Walker-Halstead told the unnamed client she asked a Nebraska State Patrol investigator to help investigate the client's security concerns. She asked her client to give him money because of his financial problems and medical bills. Authorities said there was no patrol investigator on the case.


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