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A Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his involvement in an international telemarketing operation. from a call center in Costa Rica that defrauded more than 400 people in the United States.
According to the Department of Justice, Manuel Mauro Chavez, 32, was convicted at trial in July 2021 in the Western District of North Carolina on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, six counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, international money and six counts of international money laundering.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Chávez participated from the United States in a fraudulent scheme in which Costa Rica-based telemarketers falsely posed as US government officials and they contacted the victims in the United States to tell them that they had won a major “giveaway”.
Nevertheless, before collecting this supposed prize, they needed to make a series of payments in advance to cover supposed taxes or other fees; after that they never spoke again.
After deceiving them, Chávez “transmitted those funds from the US for the benefit of the call center and other individuals involved in the fraud scheme in Costa Rica.”
Two of Chávez’s accomplices have already been convicted and sentenced to prison terms in 2022.
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