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If there was a bright spot from the tumultuous first season of the D.C. area-filmed The Real Housewives of Potomac, it was Brynee Baylor. While not an official “Housewife,” Baylor managed to insinuate herself into enough scenes as the friend of cast member Charrisse that she counted unofficially as the seventh—and most level-headed—housewife. But now it looks like Baylor might not be back for season two, thanks to a new federal indictment.
A federal grand jury indicted her yesterday on tax, securities fraud, and obstruction of justice charges. The indictment alleges that from 2010 to 2012 Baylor helped dupe investors in her role as an attorney into investing in a bogus scheme. Baylor couldn’t be reached for comment on the charges.
Baylor’s alleged plan, which she purportedly arranged with alleged fraudster Frank Pavlico III, promised would-be investors a whopping 250 percent return on investment within just 90 days. Instead, prosecutors allege, Baylor helped Pavlico make off with the money—including with a $75,000 transfer to a Jaguar dealership.
Pavlico committed suicide in 2012. Meanwhile, Baylor allegedly compounded her problems by lying to SEC investigators.
Baylor’s alleged role in fraud isn’t new. In 2013, she was ordered to pay almost $3 million as the result of an SEC investigation, and she was disbarred in 2015.
As a Real Housewives character, Baylor was refreshingly drama-free. As the target of a federal investigation, though, she could face as many as 20 years in prison.