Monday, November 22, 2010

Nigerian, Canadian Scammers Who Bilked Lawyers Indicted in Pennsylvnia

It is unclear whether these indictments relate specifically to the infamous collaborative law scams, but this is good news, nonetheless, via ABA Journal:

Federal prosecutors have indicted six people in a $32 million Internet collections scam that victimized 80 lawyers in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Alabama and Georgia.

The indictment accuses five Nigerians and one Canadian of wire fraud and conspiracy, the Patriot Newsreports. The scam also operated in Canada, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore.

The indictment in the Middle District of Pennsylvania follows a multiyear investigation, the story says. Although the indictment alleges wrongdoing in four states, similar scams are operating throughout the United States.

...The scam worked this way: An e-mail would seek a lawyer’s help collecting a debt, divorce settlement or other money. Then the lawyer would be contacted by a purported representative for the person or company owing the money who would offer to pay the debt. When the lawyer received the check, he or she would deposit it, and then would wire the funds to an Asian bank before discovering the check was fraudulent.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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