A man who admitted collecting more than $800,000 from seniors he tricked into sending virtual money orders to help distressed relatives has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel. The man converted the virtual money orders from some of his victims into bitcoin.
Stephan Moskwyn, 33, pled guilty to money laundering in federal court in Miami, Fla. Police arrested the 33-year-old Canadian citizen in October to await sentencing.
Call Center Aided The Scam
Police said Moskwyn laundered money obtained by a Canadian call center that preyed on elderly U.S. residents since 2014. Homeland Security investigators said the call center employees phoned people throughout the U.S. and posed as relatives, mainly grandchildren, who said they were in a jail or a hospital and needed funds urgently.
The victims were told to send money orders that were cashed in Chile, the Dominican Republic, and other countries, according to prosecutors.
The call center employees told some