December 6, 2005

Glenn T. Suddaby, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and William Chase, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that MARTHA IVERY a/k/a KELLY O’DONNELL, age 57, of Catskill, New York, pled guilty on Monday, December 5, 2005, to fifteen counts of mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, one count of fraud in connection with an access device, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029, and one count of bankruptcy fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 152. The guilty pleas were entered in United States District Court in Albany, New York before Chief District Judge Frederick J. Scullin. Jr., who will sentence IVERY on April 28, 2005, 11:30 a.m. in Albany, New York. IVERY faces a maximum term of up to 20 years in prison for mail fraud, 10 years for fraud in connection with an access device and 5 years for bankruptcy fraud. IVERY is also subject to up to 3 years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and an order of restitution to pay defrauded victims.

As part of her guilty plea, MARTHA VERY a/k/a KELLY O’DONNELL, admitted that, from May 1995 through September 2002. as charged in the indictment, she engaged in a scheme to defraud prospective authors of monies paid to have their books published and, as part of this scheme:

In connection with the guilty plea, the United States advised that it would argue at sentencing that IVERY defrauded more than 100 prospective authors with collective losses totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The charges against IVERY follow an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Further inquiries can be directed to Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas A. Capezza. Albany, New York at (518) 431-0247.