A former MoneyGram/Western Union agent will spend 15 years in a federal prison for his role in a telemarketing fraud scheme.
Itohan Agho-Allen, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., received the sentence Tuesday before U.S. Middle District Court Judge Christopher Conner, who also ordered Agho-Allen to pay restitution of $2,371,668 and a special assessment of $2,300, and to serve a three-year term of supervised release.
A federal jury in Harrisburg convicted Agho-Allen in July on charges he laundered money from victims of telemarketing fraud schemes.
According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Agho-Allen was an agent of Miracle Multi-Link, a MoneyGram and Western Union outlet in Brooklyn, and had been recruited to process money transfers received from fraud schemes including sweepstakes and loans.
Smith said Agho-Allen entered fictitious information into Moneygram and Western Union computers to disguise the true nature of the transactions and the identities of those behind the fraud.
For doing so, Agho-Allen was paid 10-15 percent of each transaction, Smith said.