On August 3, 2022, in the District Court of Connecticut, Stanley Pierre was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering for his role in a conspiracy to defraud victims using various scams, including lottery and romance scams.
According to the court documents, Pierre and his coconspirators notified victims that they had won the lottery but must pay fees for things like taxes, shipping, and processing to collect the prize. One victim was made to believe that payment to the Internal Revenue Service was for fees and taxes required in order to receive the winnings. The victim sent multiple payments, totaling $45,000, as instructed by the coconspirators.
Pierre was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, and was ordered to pay a minimum restitution amount of $53,786.56.
Source: The facts in this case narrative come from the following publicly available documents: D. Conn. Indict., filed March 11, 2020; D. Conn. Judg., filed August 9, 2022; and DOJ Press Release, published March 13, 2020.