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7 people sentenced for online fraud scam

A 70-year-old Mississippi woman is among seven people sentenced for their roles in an online fraud scheme involving counterfeit checks, mystery shopper websites and work-from-home scams.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that Ann Louise Franzen, of Kiln, and four others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced each Wednesday to five years in prison.

Two others, 27-year-old Funso Hassan, of Ibadan, Nigeria, and 44-year-old Anthony Shane Jeffers, of Maryville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to the same charges as well as one count of use of mail and an interstate facility to distribute proceeds of a racketeering activity. Hassan and Jeffers each was sentenced to 120 months in prison.

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