Mom and Daughter Sentenced in Nigerian Internet Dating Scam
KREX News Room
DENVER- A Colorado mother and daughter are sentenced for their roles in a Nigerian internet romance scam.
According to Attorney General John Suthers, Karen Vasseur and her daughter, Tracy Vasseur, both from Brighton, stole more than $1 million from 374 victims throughout the United States and from 40 other countries.
People who were working with the Vasseur's lured unsuspecting women to internet dating sites by posing as members of the U.S. military serving in Afghanistan. After a phony relationship was established, victims were asked to send money believing the soldiers would use it to retrieve property, travel to the U.S., and pay other expenses.
Officials say this scam took place over a three year time period.
Tracy Vasseur received a 15-year sentence with the Department of Corrections, plus five years parole. In addition, she received a four year DOC sentence with three years parole to be run consecutively for a total of 19 years.
Karen Vasseur pled guilty in Adams County District Court to Count One under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. She was sentenced to 12-years with the Department of Corrections, plus five years parole, to run concurrent to the 10-year DOC sentence she received for multiple counts of theft from at-risk adults in Weld County.