The FTC announced this settlement with Joel Treuhalf and his company on February 15.  The FTC alleges that the defendant hired “runners” in Florida to pick up the money victims sent after being defrauded by IRS impersonators.  The runners went to Western Union and MoneyGram outlets to collect the money, kept 7% for themselves, and then deposited the rest into several different bank accounts.  The deposited money then made its way to India.  The FTC alleges that “In less than eight months, from July 2015 to February 2016, Defendants collected more than $1.5 million from approximately 3,000 consumers throughout the United States.”  Click here to read more about money mules.

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