Theresa Sanders, a Fabius, N.Y., real estate agent accused of defrauding banks and homebuyers out of $1.1. million, has refused a plea deal that would have sent her to prison for four to 14 years.

That means the case could go to trial. Because of the amount of evidence involved — lawyers must comb through a roomful of boxes of paperwork — the trial could last up to two months. By comparison, the typical murder trial usually lasts about two weeks, The Post-Standard reported.

Sanders was indicted in August on 19 counts that included an “extremely rare” residential mortgage fraud charge, as well as scheme to defraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records, the paper said.

The next court date in the case is on April 14, with a trial Sept. 8.


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