Mother, daughter sentenced in online dating scam

08/31/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Colorado – A mother and daughter duo have been sentenced in connection with an online “romance scam” in which they conned hundreds of people into sending money to people they believed were U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. As reported by ABC News, prosecutors say the pair was involved in a money funneling scheme in which over $1 million was stolen from women who were lured onto online dating sites and sent money to people they believed were in the military.

Tracy Vasseur and her mother, Karen Vasseur reportedly worked with accomplices in Nigeria, by sending them payments received from the women after convincing them to wire money for travel expenses and other items purportedly for soldiers.

Tracy Vasseur received 15 years jail time and five years parole in connection with the Internet scam. She also received four years for other crimes. Karen Vasseur was sentenced to 12 years jail time and five years parole in addition to 10 years jail time for theft of money through immaterialized promised loans.

Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers is quoted in the report as stating of their steep sentences, “The military angle was something that was very offensive to us, and we were able to convey that to the court, and they were similarly repulsed by it.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Colorado Legal News

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