Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Tico Sentenced To 4 Years in U.S. Prison In Sweepstakes Scam

After release from prison, the Costa Rican man must be turned over to immigration officials for removal proceedings.

The Costa Rican, Rodolfo Orozco Aguilar, 44, was sentenced to four years in a U.S. federal prison in a sweepstakes scam netting more than US$3.5 million, according to court documents and officials.

Orozco Aguilar and co-defendant Daniel Sibaja, 28, of Buford, Georgia pleaded guilty to commit mail fraud. Their co-defendants — Elpelice Figueroa Rosales, 62, and Silvia Sanchez Valverde, 47, also of Buford, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, but sentencing has not yet taken place. A fifth co-defendant yet to be sentenced, Priscilla Sibaja, 21, of Buford, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Gainesville Times reported.

- Advertisement -

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, between February 2016 and September 2017, dozens of victims were called and told they had won a sweepstakes or lottery.

“The victims were told that they could receive their sweepstakes winnings after they paid various expenses, such as taxes and fees. The victims were directed to pay the expenses to various companies controlled by the defendants, such as J.G. Services, RF Financial Services, and Master Builders. The victims would then mail payments via personal and cashier’s checks to addresses that were linked to mailboxes rented by the defendants,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in a previous news release.

“More than US$3.5 million was deposited into bank accounts before transferring the majority of the funds to Costa Rican bank accounts. These defendants stole the life savings of dozens of elderly victims and received more than $3.5 million,” said U.S. Attorney’s Office.

- Advertisement -

U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak added, “These schemes, unfortunately, are all too common and citizens should be wary of contests that require upfront payments to receive a prize.”

 

After release, Aguilar must be turned over to immigration officials for removal proceedings. He will be on supervised release for one year.

Neither Aguilar nor the other co-defendants are allowed to “incur new credit charges or open additional lines of credit without the approval of the probation officer.”

A restitution hearing has been set for January 28, 2019. In addition, the forfeiture provision upon conviction would apply to “all property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of said violations,” which would include money in various bank accounts, smartphones, and laptop computers.

- Advertisement -
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Need a Gardner? Read this first.

The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) is warning citizens to avoid...

Jamaican Brothers Used Costa Rica To Scam Seniors In The U.S.

Two Jamaican brothers were arrested Saturday for setting up a call...

MOST READ

Reduction of working hours for private sector would be extended for six more months

QCOSTARICA - With the objective of avoiding massive layoffs and more labor lawsuits, private sector workers who are working only part-time today due to...

Vatican awaits debate on secular state before granting legislator audience with the Pope

QCOSTARICA - The Vatican will wait for the Legislative Assembly to begin the discussion of the secular state before giving Costa Rica legislators an...

Agreement between legislators: marchamo would drop only for vehicles of less than ¢15 million

QCOSTARICA - Legislators from different political parties reached an agreement on Monday, October 26, to reduce the property tax portion of the 2021 Marchamo,...

Parks opening begins: Mora announced reopening on November 1

QCOSTARICA - Last month, the Central Government announced that the reopening of public areas such as parks would remain in the hands of each...

Political parties turn their back on Government’s second attempt at dialogue

QCOSTARICA - The second attempt at dialogue by the Executive Power to define the route to follow in search of a solution to the...

Passage at the southern border blocked again

QCOSTARICA - The protests and blockades did not occur Wednesday, however, Costa Rican tuckers closed again, at around 5:00 pm transit through the border...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.