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A popular topic on this blog topic has been check scams and tips for consumers about how to recognize them. It is always good to read about the prosecution of fraudsters and scam artists by law enforcement.

KABC Television in Los Angeles reported that a Nigerian national was sentenced Monday to 97 months in federal prison for operating an international check scam:

"Prosecutors say that 39-year-old Alvin Chiemezie Asieru bilked hundreds of victims out of more than $1.5 million. Asieru was also ordered to pay full restitution to his victims. He pleaded guilty last year to one count of mail fraud, admitting that he participated in an international telemarketing scheme that defrauded almost 500 American victims. Prosecutors say Asieru's scheme involved sending fradulent checks to victims, telling them that they had either won a contest, had been chosen to participate in a promotion, or were being offered employment as "secret shoppers."

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