A June 19, 2014, FBI press release stated Lissa, Skylar, and Dana were charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aiding and abetting, and false statements to government agents,
Skylar Ariel Phoenix, Lissa Michele Phoenix, and Dana Ann Wilkey allegedly defrauded Blue Shield of California from June 2003 through September 2011. According to the press release, Lissa is Skylar Ariel Phoenix (aka Karin Marie West), registered domestic partner. From the years of 2003 through 2011, Skylar was allegedly working as a Blue Shield of California marketing manager. The president of Advil Agency, Inc, a vendor for Blue Shield, was Dana.
Skylar and Lissa allegedly created false employee records, and time cards. They changed Lissa’s name to Lisa Beckwith d/b/a Adwil Communication and they gave the address of Lissa’s family members. Skylar would authorize a payment to ‘Lisa’ when no actual work was done. The documents state that,” Between September 2004 and March 2011, Skylar Phoenix approved payments to Lissa Phoenix under this scheme of nearly $500,000 for work which was never provided to Blue Shield.”
Dana became involved when she partnered with Skylar. the document goes on to state, "The two entered into a fraudulent marketing contract between Blue Shield and Adwil Agency, Inc., which included the regular payment of undisclosed kickbacks from Wilkey to Skylar Phoenix, Lissa Phoenix, and Rodeo Pink, a shell corporation held by and for the benefit of Skylar Phoenix. Between in or about February 2006 through at least February 2012, Dana Wilkey, through Adwil Agency accounts, paid directly to Lissa Phoenix, Skylar Phoenix, and Rodeo Pink, approximately 87 checks totaling approximately $360,000 in illegal and undisclosed kickbacks related to Adwil Agency’s business with Blue Shield.”
Dana, Skylar, and Lissa were arrested. They were released when each paid the $250,000 bail bond. If convicted of wire and conspiracy, they could be sentenced for 20 years in jail for each count. They face fines of $250,000 or “Twice the gross gain or loss.” Restitution to the victim is also required.
Skylar and Lissa face charges of lying to the FBI. Dana was not charged with this.
Dana, an event planner on RHOBH, is often known for her $25,000 sunglasses and her multi-lingual child whom she considers a genius. One can wonder if she planned her arrest event too.
What is with the stars of the Real Housewives. So many of them are being charged with fraud, such as Teresa and Joe Giudice from "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and Apollo Nida from "Real Housewives of Atlanta."