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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Friday, March 9, 2012

A Fayette County woman posed as a rodeo star to get hundreds of cell phones from Sprint and two saddles from an Adams County saddle maker, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Susan Rowan, 38, of Vanderbilt on five counts of mail fraud. The indictment says that Rowan assumed the identity of an Arizona professional barrel racer, identified only as S.C., to open a corporate account with Sprint and work out a sponsorship deal with the saddle maker.

Rowan and relatives used the phones without paying for them, prosecutors say. She told the saddle maker she would be using the saddles in high-profile rodeo events in return for getting them for free, prosecutors say.

Rowan is free on $10,000 unsecured bond, according to court records. She couldn't be reached for comment.

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