Man laundered millions from ‘grandmother scam’
A man accused of laundering millions of dollars from a cruel hoax that tricked vulnerable victims, including grandparents, into sending money to help relatives in distress, is facing federal charges in South Florida.
Stephan Moskwyn, 32, was arrested on money-laundering and related charges. If convicted, the Canadian resident and citizen faces a maximum punishment of 30 years in federal prison, authorities said.
Investigators said Moskwyn was the ringleader of a scheme to launder millions of dollars from a Canadian call center that targeted elderly U.S. residents since 2014.
People who worked at the call center phoned potential victims in the U.S. and pretended they were relatives, usually grandchildren, who were experiencing serious problems and needed money sent to them, agents from Homeland Security Investigations wrote in court records.
Victims were told to send money orders through Western Union that were cashed at overseas branches in the Dominican Republic, Chile and elsewhere, investigators said. More recently, the call center operators began instructing victims to send money “via virtual money orders subsequently converted into the virtual currency Bitcoin,” prosecutors wrote.
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Oct 26, 2015
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