Funso Hassan, 27, of Ibadan, Oyo State and Anthony Shane Jeffers, 44, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, for their roles in online fraud schemes that distributed more than $40m in counterfeit checks using “mystery shopper” websites and work-from-home scams. .
Ann Louise Franzen, 70; Gary Melvin Barnard, 64; Michele Gayle Fee, 55; Tanya Lynn Thomas, 52; and Shawn Ann White, 44, were each sentenced to five years in prison. Some of them started as romance scam victims only 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 transmited proceeds to various locations in the U.S, which were then layered for transmission to Nigeria. Victims then owed their banks the amount of checks and often hundreds of dollars in bank fees. Hassan also faces deportation.