Ex-MoneyGram, Western Union agent admits to $4.4M fraud scheme

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Western Union and MoneyGram agent has pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding thousands of people out of approximately $4.4 million.

Lucas Obi, 53, of Toronto, led a group of Canadian-based MoneyGram and Western Union agents who were involved in fraudulent money transfers. He taught the others how to engage in the illegal activity and allowed them to keep a 5- to 10-percent cut, according to an indictment filed in December 2012.

His sentencing is tentatively scheduled for August 15.

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