A Daniels mother and former pharmacist who pleaded guilty in federal court in September to operating a $2.7 million Ponzi scheme began serving a court-ordered prison sentence on Saturday.

Natalie Cochran, 39, reported to Federal Correctional Institute-Hazelton in Bruceton Mills on Saturday to begin serving a 135-month prison sentence, which is more than 11 years.

FCI-Hazelton is a medium security prison for women, around three hours north of Beckley. The facility provides many opportunities for visitors, according to the website.

The mother of two pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud and money laundering and agreed to serve between 37 and 135 months in prison and to pay restitution to her victims of about $2.6 million.

Cochran was ordered in March by U.S. District Court of…

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