Fraudulent Debt Collector Gets 62 Months in Prison

  • Written by Marian Hetherly of WBFO

A Buffalo man has been convicted of running a fraudulent debt collection scheme, bilking more than $342,000 from victims.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Shawn Sylvia, 35, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and sentenced to 62 months in prison. Sylvia was also ordered to pay nearly $284,000 in restitution to victims.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Grisanti says Sylvia and others he managed used strong-arm tactics, including threats of arrest and lawsuits, to fraudulently collect on non-existent debts or over-collect on debts that had already been paid-in-full.

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