MS woman among 7 sent to prison for online fraud scams - - Jackson, MS

MS woman among 7 sent to prison for online fraud scams

Source: Department of Justice Source: Department of Justice

70-year-old Ann Louise Franzen of Kiln, Mississippi and 6 others previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property.

The seven defendants were sentenced for their roles in online fraud schemes involving counterfeit checks, “mystery shopper” websites and work-from-home scam.

All seven defendants were members of a large-scale international financial fraud conspiracy that included romance scams through online dating sites, check fraud, secret shopper schemes, and personal assistant work-from-home schemes.  

Some of the defendants started as romance scam victims before later becoming knowing participants in the counterfeit check fraud. 

Victims were sent checks with mystery shopper and personal assistant instructions. 

The checks, which were counterfeit, would bounce after the victims transmitted proceeds to various locations in the United States which were then laundered for transmission to Nigeria. 

Victims were then liable to their banks for the amount of checks and often hundreds of dollars in bank fees.

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