Trina Lee Kenney of Wrightwood, California, was sentenced Wednesday, April 6, 2011, to 48 months in prison after she pleaded guilty on one count of mail fraud for selling sick and deformed horses over the internet and in some cases, not delivering horses that were advertised and paid for up front.
At least 61 victims were defrauded by Kenney. In some cases, she colored brown horses black, sold horses that were obviously sick, and claimed that horses had pedigrees, qualities and backgrounds that were discovered to be false.
Kenney "sold" horses to an FBI investigator and to a United States Postal Inspector, both working undercover. As part of her plea agreement, Kenney will pay a total of $200,000 in resitution.