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Man who scammed dozens of locals sentencing postponed

AZTEC — A district judge recused himself in the sentencing phase for the Farmington man who scammed more than $86,000 out of locals only to send that money to a Nigerian scam.
Michael Mihecoby, 58, was convicted Nov. 16 after a 15-minute jury deliberation of two counts of third-degree felony fraud more than $2,500 but less than $20,000.
Those charged involved only two victims, but nearly 20 people showed up in district court in Aztec on Tuesday to tell the judge how they were all scammed.
District Judge John Dean, however, said he knew several of the victims and recused himself.
Mihecoby scammed people in the area, Colorado and Utah under the guise of friendship, hard times, a sick wife and a land deal in Oklahoma that would net a $80,000 profit. He sent the money to Nigeria after he received an email that said he was the recipient of an $18 million inheritance.
Sentencing will be rescheduled. The victims said they would return to speak in court.

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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