OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- An Oshkosh woman is charged with selling fake shares of Facebook, just as the Internet social networking company announced plans to go public with a stock offering.
Marianne Oleson is charged with 33 felony charges in the Winnebago County Circuit Court. The 46-year-old allegedly claimed to own Facebook stock and tricked at least four people into buying some shares. According to a criminal complaint, one man supposedly gave Oleson $28,000 in cash and concrete work in exchange for stock documents that looked legitimate.
Authorities say Oleson got the documents from a company in Florida that owns private Facebook stock. The say she pretended she was interested in purchasing $1 million worth of shares.
The Oshkosh Northwestern reports Oleson is also facing drug charges. Police say they found a marijuana growing operation when they executed a search warrant at her home in January.
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