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Western Union Fraud of $7 million

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  “There is the moral of all human tales, ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past, First Freedom, and then Glory –when that fails, Wealth, vice, corruption–barbarism at last” Lord Byron

  That does sound quite noble, doesn’t it?  Something for you to  ponder!

    The image to the left is one that most folks all over the world are familiar with.  Its history, 160 years, goes far back into the advancement of America.  Once known  as the New-York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company, but later changed to Western Union.   It was best known for sending important and vital information from one side of the country to another and was the only means of communication outside of a letter delivered by horseback or stagecoach during this country’s developing years–the telegraph.

 Today, Western Union continues to span distances with innovative technology and is a global financial service provider in areas of: businesses solutions, consumer-to-consumer money transfer, bill payment services, and stored value options such as prepaid cards. Online, by phone, from 100,000 ATMs and through more than 515,000 Agents located worldwide. Western Union  moves money anytime, anywhere and anyway  customers choose.

Based on that last sentence above that is exactly what our CrimeDiva is actually a man, Itohan Agho-Allen, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was doing . . . . Moving money anytime, anywhere and anyway, totally over $7 million dollars.

Mr. Agho-Allen was ‘convicted’ of criminal conspiracy, 8 counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of money laundering. Following the verdict, Agho-Allen was taken into custody.  If you have been following this site you probably know that in order for all those charges to have been confirmed he must have went to trial, bad move – a definite slap in the face to the feds when you refuse to admit and plea bargain.  And to add the cherry topping to his case for him unwillingness to cooperate they took him into immediate custody – stating he’s a flight risk.

Agho-Allen, age 39, was an agent of Miracle Multi-Link, a Money Gram and Western Union outlet in Brooklyn, New York.  Hee was recruited to process money transfers received from fraud schemes including sweepstakes, loans, employment opportunities, persons-in-need and internet purchases.

According to records, from 2002  through November 2010, money transfers  were originated in locations in Pennsylvania, including York, Bloomsburg, Berwick, Hazleton, Lebanon, Chambersburg, East Stroudsburg and Montoursville, and then  transmitted through various places to fraud participants in Brooklyn, Spain, Romania, Canada and Nigeria. Money in excess of $7 million was obtained from hundreds of victims throughout the United States through telemarketing schemes that falsely promised financial awards and other valuable items. Watch out people–there is no one to trust.

Mr. Agho-Allen entered fictitious  information into the Western Union computer systems disguising the true nature of the transaction and the identities of individuals perpetrating the frauds. For doing so, Agho-Allen was paid 10-15% of each transaction. It is not clear how much money he gained in total from all the transactions.

Unfortunately, there are 33 former Money Gram and Western Union agents who have been prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg for similar crimes.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Money Gram which resulted in the forfeiture of $100 million to be used to compensate thousands of victims.

There’s a new War-on-Crime and it is far deeper than that of drugs, ‘White-Collar-Crimes.

Why the Greed!

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