Seven people have been sentenced to prison terms after pleading guilty in Florida to orchestrating a variety of fraud scams that took in more than $7 million from victims across the U.S.
A Miami federal judge imposed sentences ranging from four years to nine years behind bars for each member of the group. They all pleaded guilty in March.
Court documents show the defendants opened bank accounts established in the names of shell corporations to receive the proceeds of various fraudulent schemes, including romance frauds, email hacking schemes, and inheritance and lottery scams,
Prosecutors say victims included retirees and other individuals who lost retirement savings and money borrowed from friends and family members. More than 400 victims have been identified by investigators.