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Man sentenced for scamming elderly out of $640K

August 21, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who scammed hundreds of elderly people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to prison.

The Arizona Republic reports Phoenix resident Raheem Oliver was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to fraud conspiracy charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office accused Oliver of playing a role in a magazine scam that defrauded at least 354 elderly victims out of more than $640,000.

Court records say one of the scam’s victims was World War II veteran Norman T. Hatch. Hatch served as a U.S. Marine Corps combat cinematographer. His work was used in the Academy Award-winning documentary “With the Marines at Tarawa.”

Court documents say Oliver convinced Hatch to send over $98,000 of his savings in the form of personal checks.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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