A federal jury in Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon convicted a Brooklyn, N.Y., man of laundering about $7 million worth of money paid by victims of international telemarketing fraud schemes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Itohan Agho-Allen, 39, was convicted of criminal conspiracy, eight counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of money-laundering, according to the prosecutor's office. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Agho-Allen was an agent of Miracle Multi-Link, a MoneyGram and Western Union outlet in Brooklyn, and was recruited to process money transfers received from fraud schemes including sweepstakes, loans, employment opportunities, persons-in-need and Internet purchases, prosecutors said.
Those happened between 2002 and 2010, and included transfers from around Pennsylvania, including York, officials said. That money was then forwarded to fraud participants as far away as Nigeria, Romania and Spain, officials said.
About 33 former MoneyGram and Western Union agents have been prosecuted in Harrisburg's federal court for involvement in such schemes, and the investigation continues, according to federal prosecutors.
In November, the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with MoneyGram that resulted in the forfeiture of $100 million, to be used to compensate victims, officials said.
People who believe they are the victims of such fraud should call (877) 282-2610.