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     Last week, I posted a story about illegal funds being funnelled through the Western Union & Money Gram services. The post for today is yet another scam that has been ran through the Western Union & Money Gram services and provide one clear example of what is going on.

Today’s CrimeDiva is Miruna Eugenia Lixandru, 33, of Ramnicu Valcea, Romania, who was charged, convicted and sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In the event, there are some of you unfamiliar with the legal concept of conspiracy; it is when people work together by agreement to commit an illegal act, but you can be considered a part of the conspiracy even if you have not agreed to be apart or have no knowledge of any illegal acts.

According to the records, Ms. Lixandru and her co-conspirators committed their crime through the use of a  website that featured automobiles for sale to lure victims into wiring cash to purchase items that did not exist. The  victims  wired the cash through Western Union or MoneyGram to different locations.

Ms. Lixandru, used different aliases and counterfeit identifications, including a forged U.S. passport.  She collected the money, and then wired the cash out of the country to her co-conspirators. None of the 50 victims ever received their goods in exchange for more that $125,000 that was collected.

Ms. Lixandru, was caught and arrested at a supermarket while trying to pull off one of the transactions.  She will more than likely be deported after she serve her time in prison.  Something to think about:  Why are the taxpayers of this country bearing the financial burden of confining her for almost three years – why not go ahead and deport her.  We have rules and policies governing these legal situations.  The state and federal government spend roughly around $40,000 annually to house an inmate, do the math.

Be mindful when doing business or purchasing anything from the internet. A red flag should pop-up in your mind whenever anyone or a company is directing you to do business through the transaction of a Money Gram or Western Union.

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