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Columbian citizen sentenced to federal prison for participating in fraud that scammed Iowa victim


This news story was published on April 25, 2019.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who participated in a scheme to defraud victims across the country, including Iowa, out of more than $450,000 was sentenced this month to more than a year in federal prison.

Karina Henao, age 36, a Colombia citizen living in Florida, received the prison term after a November 5, 2018, guilty plea to wire fraud.

In a plea agreement, Henao admitted that from September through November 2017, she participated in a scheme to defraud businesses and individuals across the country.  Henao admitted she controlled multiple bank accounts and that other participates of the scheme lied to businesses and individuals to get the victims to transfer money to Henao’s bank accounts.  Henao also admitted she then wired some of the money to bank accounts in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan.  In total, more than $450,000 in fraudulent money was wired into Henao’s bank accounts, though some of the money was recovered by authorities.  Henao personally withdrew over $27,000 of the money during the time she participated in the scheme.

Henao was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Henao was sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment.  She was ordered to make $297,099.72 in restitution the victims of the scheme.  She must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Henao was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

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7 Responses to Columbian citizen sentenced to federal prison for participating in fraud that scammed Iowa victim

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Missouri has no illegals; go figure… shouldn’t the other states do the same? Missouri’s approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona . Does the White House appreciate what Missouri has done? So, why doesn’t Missouri receive attention? Answer: There are no illegals in Missouri to demonstrate. (And the Media doesn’t want to publicize that fact!)
    The “Show Me” state has again shown us how it should be done. There needs to be more publicity and exposure regarding what Missouri has done. Please pass this around.
    In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri In November, 2008, nearly 90% voted in favor! Thus, English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in Missouri . No individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 26, 2019 at 8:27 am

      In 2008, a measure was passed that required the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be in Missouri illegally. Missouri law enforcement officers receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.
      In Missouri, illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps or health care through Missouri Health NET.
      In 2009, a measure was passed that ensures Missouri ‘s public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the United States .
      In Missouri all post-secondary institutions of higher education are required to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States .
      It is important to remember, Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this horrific problem. Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT WELCOME in the state and they will NOT receive public benefits at the expense of Missouri taxpayers.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 7:39 am

    love how we put illegals in prison so the citizens can keep paying for their illegal ass. its almost not justice in any way what so ever, you really think florida prison is worse then living in colombia? shes gonna be in what her people would view as a 4 star hotel cable food less roaches about. how about beat her ass down a few times and send her home as a warning to stay in your shithole countries cuz real america wants nothing to do with your worthless ass

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2019 at 7:37 am

    just wait til 2020 brown people, after that youll be able to move here and swindle old white women all day and night long, dont worry the democrats and the idiots have your back.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 26, 2019 at 7:56 am

      The color of his skin has nothing to do with it. Scam artist come in all colors.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Turd world dung – why are these people given such light sentences – oh ! I forgot liberal demorat judges.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Henao was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be.

    Good luck with that. This is what these people bring to this country.