Los Angeles woman sentenced in global cybercrime scam
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- A woman from Los Angeles has been sentenced for her role in global cybercrime schemes uncovered after a Mississippi woman reported she'd been scammed.
The Sun Herald reports 44-year-old Genoveva Farfan received a total prison term of eight years Tuesday on guilty pleas to conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
U.S. Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport, Mississippi, also fined her $2,500 on the conspiracy conviction.
Prosecutors say Farfan is among 20 people, including 11 from South Africa, indicted in a probe of internet-based mass-marketing schemes involving losses of $6.5 million. They say the schemes included romance scams and work-at-home jobs through which electronics and other devices were bought using stolen identities and re-shipped overseas to be re-sold.