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Man gets 15 years for telemarketing fraud scheme

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

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.

 

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