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New York man convicted of cross-border fraud

A defendant in a multimillion-dollar cross-border phone scam has been sentenced to six years in prison in the United States.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York said earlier this month that Anthony Laughing, Jr., 49, was convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud along with a number of co-defendants, including Chief Martin Hogan of Montreal.

The prosecutor’s office says Hogan was extradited from Jamaica to the United States and charged for his role in a multimillion-dollar telemarketing scheme where elderly American victims were falsely told they had won lotteries Canadians, but that they first had to pay taxes, brokerage fees and customs duties in order to recover their winnings. Hogan has been found guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Some of the victims of the scheme were asked to send their fees to Laughing, who received more than 300 packages.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Laughing kept some of the money, the rest was then smuggled into Canada and given to Laughing’s Canadian co-conspirators.

In total, according to the prosecutor’s office, the scheme raised more than $2,000,000 in funds from the victims.

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