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Canadians Sentenced in Scam That Hit Yorkers

A Nigerian tribal chief is among three Canadians ordered to serve federal prison time in the United States for their involvement in fraudulent telemarketing schemes.

Kayode Kassim, 43, was sentenced to 70 months; Abel Ongunfunwa, 43, to 63 months; and tribal chief James E. Ugoh, 49, to 135 months on Tuesday. All were MoneyGram agents and from Toronto, Ontario, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg.

Thousands of victims from across the United States, including at least five in York County, lost about $4 million in the scheme between 2004 and 2009.

The three men and a fourth, Felix Mordi, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering, plus one count of mail fraud. Mordi is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

The scam: The four men were part of a group of Canadian-based marketing fraudsters who sent out letters and counterfeit checks to Americans via the Internet and mail.

Recipients were promised cash prizes, loans and other incentives, or were solicited to buy items on the Internet, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

In order to receive the prizes, awards or purchases, victims were told to send money to fictitious people to cover taxes and bogus fees via the MoneyGram money transfer system.

Most victims were mailed checks that, unbeknownst to them, were counterfeit. The victims never received any prizes or payments, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
posted by Alex Ferreras


March 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Wow, that are good news! If you don’t mind then we shall publish that also on our website, ofcourse we naming your blog as source. Have a nice time, Yvonna

    Comment by Yvonna Chegey | March 15, 2012 | Reply

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