Checks going out to victims of MoneyGram scam
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is delivering over 3,400 checks to victims of marketing schemes by MoneyGram agents and others.
The distribution payments were made from a $100 million fund paid by MoneyGram as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 2012.
The restitution checks range from several hundred dollars to more than $249,000 to a victim in California.
This effort marks the second wave of reimbursement checks delivered to victims of a scam involving MoneyGram. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, MoneyGram was involved in international mass marketing consumer fraud schemes, perpetrated by corrupt MoneyGram agents and others, that defrauded tens of thousands of victims in the United States.
In December of 2013, Postal Inspectors coordinated the disbursement of $46 million to more than 18,000 consumers who were victims of the MoneyGram fraud. This disbursement includes remission to 149 Pennsylvania petitioners totaling more than $500,000.
Monies compensated to 1,087 Pennsylvania petitioners for the two disbursements totals over $3 million.
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