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July 14, 2016

Posted  July 18, 2016

Jeffrey Robert Bonner of Sacramento, Cody Trevor Burgsteiner of Houston, and Darra Lee Shephard of Calgary, pleaded guilty for their roles in a $9 million “sweepstakes fraud” scheme to defraud hundreds of U.S. residents, many of them elderly.  As part of their guilty pleas, they each admitted that they worked in a call center in Costa Rica, which Bonner owned, where they placed telephone calls to U.S. residents, falsely informing them that they had won a substantial cash prize in a “sweepstakes” for which they had to pay a purported “refundable insurance fee.”  DOJ