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DeRonde Pleads Guilty

Beverly Joan DeRonde has plead guilty to one count of mail fraud in US District Court. DeRonde, from Pella, received over $700,000 from friends and relatives as a result of the fraud. She would ask friends through letters for loans to buy gifts for her husband, often promising high interest returns. DeRonde faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on April 5th. She may be fined up to $250,000, and will have to forfeit property obtained through the fraud.