Investigators say Cataldo got more than $250k in donations, soliciting money from family, friends and strangers through a fundraising website. Cataldo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. As part of her plea deal, she pledged to pay back nearly $80k to victims who have been identified and verified. She will be sentenced in November.
Cataldo was indicted in May. According to the indictment and her plea deal, she carried out the fraud as follows: