Image using parts of a table from the SEC court document detailing “misappropriated spending". Source: Securities & Exchange Commission.

MIAMI — Federal prosecutors charged Judith Dianne Paris-Pinder of defrauding $4.6 million primarily from the South Florida Haitian community through a Ponzi scheme. Half of the money, they said this week, went toward Paris-Pinder’s wedding, vacations, shopping and cosmetic surgery.

“Paris-Pinder spent about $1 million on herself, paying for her wedding, vacations and other entertainment,” federal prosecutors said.  

Paris-Pinder, who made her first appearance in Federal Magistrate Court in Miami on Monday, pleaded not guilty to “information” with wire fraud, and was granted a $200,000 bond.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.