Another One Bites The Dust! Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Indicted on Fraud Charges!

Posted on Aug 8 2014 - 3:07pm by Reality LuLu

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A former star of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is in a lot of trouble!

Dana Wilkey, Miss “Did you hear? These sunglasses cost $25,000” was charged with one count of wire fraud, conspiracy, six counts of wire fraud and aiding and abetting.

Taken right from the FBI’s website here is what went down:

Two San Jose Residents and a Miami Woman Indicted for Defrauding Blue Shield of California

Dana Wilkey

SAN JOSE—A federal grand jury indicted Skylar Ariel Phoenix a/k/a “Karin Marie West,” Lissa Michele Phoenix a/k/a “Lisa Beckwith,” and Dana Ann Wilkey yesterday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aiding and abetting, and false statements to government agents, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson.

According to the Indictment, Skylar Phoenix, 50, of San Jose, was employed by Blue Shield of Calif. as the manager in the marketing department from approximately June 2003 through September 2011. Lissa Phoenix, 51, of San Jose, is Skylar Phoenix’s registered domestic partner. Dana Wilkey, 41, of Miami, Fla., was the president of Adwil Agency, Inc. with its principle place of business in Beverly Hills, Calif. Adwil Agency served as a vendor for Blue Shield.

In the first scheme alleged in the Indictment, defendants Skylar Phoenix and Lissa Phoenix are alleged to have engaged in an illegal scheme to defraud Blue Shield by creating false employee records and time cards for work allegedly performed by Lissa Phoenix, when in truth no such work was performed. In order to perpetrate this scheme, these defendants presented Lissa Phoenix as “Lisa Beckwith, d/b/a Adwil Communication,” with an address corresponding to the home address of one of Lissa Phoenix’s close family members. Furthermore, the defendants made false “production invoices” from Adwil Communications, to the attention of Skylar Phoenix at Blue Shield, which purported to document and describe actual work being done by Adwil Communications for the benefit of Blue Shield and requesting payment to “L.M. Beckwith.” Skylar Phoenix, in her capacity as manager of the Blue Shield Marketing Department authorized the payment to “L.M. Beckwith,” when in fact no legitimate work was provided to Blue Shield by Lissa Phoenix as described on these invoices. Between September 2004 and March 2011, Skylar Phoenix approved payments to Lissa Phoenix under this scheme of nearly $500,000 for work which was never provided to Blue Shield.

In the second scheme alleged in the Indictment, Dana Wilkey, with the participation and assistance of Skylar Phoenix, entered into a fraudulent marketing contract between Blue Shield and Adwil Agency, Inc., which included the regular payment of undisclosed kickbacks from Wilkey to Skylar Phoenix, Lissa Phoenix, and Rodeo Pink, a shell corporation held by and for the benefit of Skylar Phoenix. Between in or about February 2006 through at least February 2012, Dana Wilkey, through Adwil Agency accounts, paid directly to Lissa Phoenix, Skylar Phoenix, and Rodeo Pink, approximately 87 checks totaling approximately $360,000 in illegal and undisclosed kickbacks related to Adwil Agency’s business with Blue Shield.

Skylar Phoenix and Lissa Phoenix are also charged with lying to the FBI about these described activities in September 2013.

Skylar Phoenix and Lissa Phoenix were arrested this morning at their home in San Jose and made their initial appearance in federal court in San Jose this afternoon. Dana Wilkey was arrested by the FBI in Miami, Fla. and made her initial appearance in federal court in Miami earlier in the day. All three defendants were released on bond set in the amount of $250,000 each. Skylar Phoenix and Lissa Phoenix are next scheduled appearance on June 24, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. for a further bond hearing before the Honorable Howard R. Lloyd, United States Magistrate Court Judge in San Jose.

An Indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted of the wire fraud and conspiracy counts, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment on each count, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, plus restitution to the victim if appropriate, and supervised release of up to five years for each violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, and 18 U.S.C. 1343, Wire Fraud. In addition, Skylar Phoenix and Lissa Phoenix are also charged with making false statements to government agents. If convicted of those counts, each face a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment on each count, a fine of $250,000, and supervised release of up to three years for each violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001, False Statement to a Government Agent. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Amie D. Rooney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Tracey Andersen. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.

Interesting enough, just two years ago, Wilkey asked the FBI to assist her after claiming her Twitter & Facebook accounts were hacked.

 Stay tuned for developing news.

 

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I began writing about people that put themselves on Reality Television 3 years ago after my son was in a car accident. I needed something to do when I became his primary caregiver. I started "Reality TV Morons" Facebook on where I gathered over 2000 followers. I've done interviews with people like Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Catherine Ommanney, Peggy Tannous and Rob Shuter. I am a Medical Assistant recently taking a leave from my job after losing my mother 2 months ago & 21-year old nephew 3 weeks ago. I'm taking time to reevaluate where I want to be and am looking forward to once again writing about Reality Television especially any of the Real Housewives Franchises.

  • RonnieIsBack

    BOOM! and the mugshots just keeps on a comin!!!
    Felons…by Bravo…they need to just file the paperwork for an official name change.

    • Reality LuLu

      I would LOVE to see a Bravo coffee table book full of all of the stars from their shows who got arrested!!

      • itsjustme

        Now, THAT is one HW’s book I would probably buy….LOL

  • MorningYawn

    Surprise, surprise, surprise

  • itsjustme

    Oh like we didn’t see that one coming! She supposedly was a event planner and yet when she had all the ladies over she couldn’t even plan that. Wouldn’t you want to highlight your talent when you are having an event that was going to be broadcast on national tv?
    And lets not forget those 25000 sunglasses and million dollar lollipop holder. GIVE ME A BREAK! Good Riddance Dana. Maybe you can share a cell with Teresa

    • RonnieIsBack

      Or ask Tre advise on how to stall a sentencing…

    • Hee hee hee! Oh, how love this comment. You deserve 20 up arrows!

  • She Stinks!

    She was a friend of that other money grubbing grifter, Shana (Taylor), so this shouldn’t be any surprise. Nice to see these bottom feeders getting busted.

    • Oh yes she was. I forgot about that. Birds of a feather….

  • nan/4

    A new show coming soon to Bravo….”REALITY CROOKS.” Watch as your favorite reality show crook goes head to head with one another and fights over who was the dumbest of them all! Will it be Slade? Joe? Apollo? Tre? Oh so many, and what fun! This will be quite a crowd pleaser as they yell, pull hair, throw tables, and fight with anybody who dares to come near them or utter the word “guilty!” Coming to Bravo this spring! 😀

    • nan/4

      I know. That wasn’t very funny. What can I say? They all can’t be winners! lol ;-/

      Take good care everyone! 😉

  • twifan2

    Which HW was she a ‘friend’ of?
    I vaguely remember her….
    PENsters of Bravo!
    Coming soon. Watch your tv for series updates! 🙂

    • nan/4

      She way a friend of fish lips….aka Taylor, Twi. 🙂

      • twifan2

        Thanks Nan! 🙂
        Must not have ‘impressed’ me much. I’ll have to watch that epi again to remember her…nope nvm. I’ll live in my little blissful world! 😉

    • The grifter…..of course!

      • twifan2

        But of course! 😀

  • And another one bites the Bravo Felon dust! Shocker!

    • nan/4

      Yeah Doc, in my best Gomer Pyle voice….”Surprise, surprise, surprise.” LOL!

      • Ahahaha! They are falling one by one. At this rate this will turn into a crime blog. LOL! 🙂

        • nan/4

          Ain’t that the truth! haha!

  • Birdie11

    Her furniture-less mansion, desserts only spread, and her blather about how much things cost SCREAMED a fake wannabe. No surprise here.

    • Dave

      Her mansion was so rented.

  • nan/4

    What exactly is the purpose of a diamond studded lollipop holder necklace? I know, I know, but what idiot would spend that kind of money on a thing like that, and then BRAG about it? I mean, there are people starving in this country! What a waste…..her AND her lollipop holder!!!!! Geesh…..

    • Jennymckitty

      Don’t you have one, Nan? I suppose I could loan you one of mine.

      • nan/4

        You really must LOVE your lollipops Jenny! Oh….you have more than one? Well, la-de-daaa. If it’s not too much trouble, I’m sure that I could find a use for it. Hmm….I know! I could put a little wine in there, and take a little drinky-winky whenever the mood strikes, and no one will be the wiser! they’ll think it’s a lollypop in there!!! Yay Jenny!!! Can I borrow it for tomorrow? There I go….. being silly again! Sorry….. ;-/

        Thanks for the offer, sweetheart! lol Make sure that you have a wonderful weekend, okay sweetie?

        Be well! Jenny ! 😉

    • Lorn

      Agreed.

  • Jennymckitty

    I think the Feds are casting these shows. One day Andy Cohen is going to be praised for bringing down so many criminals.

    • TartLemon

      That’s what I thought, too. Maybe the whistleblower reward thing? LOL

      Something else just occurred to me. Wasn’t the Taylor/Russell scam a medical insurance thing? Can’t help but wonder if Taylor was a ‘silent’ adviser to Dana.

      Birds of a feather and all.

      • Jennymckitty

        I believe that Russ had a medical data business and was scamming the investors. I don’t think his was insurance.

  • Babson_Chick

    Am not surprised to hear this – such a braggart is usually a fake – dumb biotch!!