Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Chan Bam
Tracy Vasseur and her mother, Karen Vasseur, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of posing as military agents to women looking for love online – swindling more than a cool mil out of desperate damsels.
The duo tricked nearly 400 victims in 40 different countries – pretending to be U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan – convincing their online lovers to send them monies for satellite phones and travel expenses, so they could come home to meet them. When funds were received, the women opened bank accounts and wired money to individuals in Nigeria, from 2009-2012.
The fact that the women used the military to gain leverage with their victims, it’s being considered an even bigger offense.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear right now as to who put the women up to the scam in the first place. So far the investigation has yielded, the mother and daughter sent funds to 94 locations in Nigeria and even to Ecuador, Great Britain, India, the United Arab Emirates and other U.S. locations. #ArabMoney
Tracy admitted she used her teenage daughter to help her send and receive tens of thousands of dollars using wire transfers. Apparently, she’s making this a generational family business. #fail
Monday, Tracy was sentenced to 15 years in jail, five years parole for the internet scam case and four years for crimes she committed while out on bond. #AnotherFail
Last month, the mother, Karen Vasseur, was sencted to 12 years in jail and five years for the internet scam, in addition to a 10 year sentence accepting money, she promised as loans and never paid back.
The report never mentioned anything about recovery of funds or paying the victims back. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for people who search for love online. #shrugs
A family that does the crime together, does the time together.
Words by Chan_Bam