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Consumer Alert: Scammers turn to violence to get people's money

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Con artists try to get creative to get their victim's money. This is the story of one man who decided to threaten his victims with violence.

"The message was a threat against me and my family," says the victim, who wants to remain anonymous.

The e-mail threat sent to the victim came from a man who had attempted to swindle his employer.

The scheme began with a letter the conman sent to media outlets.

"He actually drafted a letter on his employer's letterhead making it look like the employer had written the letter about the individual being a sex offender," says U.S. Postal Inspector John Jackman.

The con artist then filed a defamation suit against his employer.

"He's trying to get money, trying to get a quick buck like he did in the past," says Jackman.

This attorney was brought in to fight the suit and received the threat with photos attached.

"A couple were horrifying; pictures of my children with rifle crosshairs superimposed on their heads," says the victim. "The purpose was to frighten me into being less vigorous in that particular case."

Postal inspectors worked the case and arrested the man. Inspectors recommend employers thoroughly check someone out before hiring them. Their advice to anyone who is threatened is to report it immediately to law enforcement.

The suspect in this case pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 51 months behind bars and three years of supervised detention.


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