From one side of the country to the other, fraud is a major problem. This holds true both for the people who commit the crime, as well as the law enforcement officials who are staffed with the responsibility of attempting to catch such acts.
A 44-year-old man from Larimer, a neighborhood in the east end of Pittsburgh, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. This was the result of a scheme in which he sold fake magazine subscriptions to unsuspecting people, thus collecting approximately $2 million.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office noted that the man had a plan in place. After setting up companies in the local area, he would send salespeople door to door, acting like a single parent, student, or poor individual who was looking to earn money. At times, some of these people even claimed that a portion of the money they spent would be sent to a charity.
It is believed that 30,000 people across the country were victims of the fraud scheme. As a result of this activity, the man has found himself in trouble with authorities, with sentencing set for Aug. 5.
Although this man was likely aware that he was breaking the law, he decided to move forward with the scheme for one reason or another. As a result, the authorities eventually caught him. That being said, he did plead guilty to the crime, showing that he was aware that he made a mistake.
All types of fraud are taken seriously by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In this case, a man made a serious mistake that led him to the courtroom.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Larimer man pleads guilty to mail fraud" Rich Lord, Apr. 29, 2014