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Blaine Man gets Jail over Nigerian E-mail Scam

A person from Blaine who earlier acknowledged that he netted millions via launching a 'Nigerian e-mail scam' he crafted is now facing jail for 5-yrs. Seattlepi published this dated December 9, 2011.

The person named Scott Alan Stuart, aged 51, conned many off $3.8m on the promise that they merely required making certain fee payment for claiming an inheritance valuing $45m that people from the West African nation left behind.

Consequently, Judge Robert Lasnik of U.S. district court announced the sentence on December 9, 2011, while noting that Stuart at first was victimized with the same type of scam, however, later launched one himself. According to Lasnik, Stuart used the major portion of the scammed funds for gambling and drugs he was addicted to, as also warned everybody in general against getting victimized with similar scams.

Meanwhile, according to DOJ (Department of Justice), neither any Canadian bank account nor any inheritance existed. As for Stuart, he admitted transmitting about $200,000 to scammers in Nigeria alternatively to their middlemen in USA for gaining the wealth of which he spent the major part to meet his personal needs.

Moreover, by promising large dividends, Stuart lured investors to giving loans. He pledged repaying these soon, although he used the bulk funds collected, for his personal expenses. According to court indictment, Stuart's potential investors transmitted him money between $500 and $45,100.

Of these funds, Stuart dispatched minor amounts to the scammers in Nigeria for maintaining his share, while pocketed over 90% of the entire sum of money he collected. This money, he along with his family spent on their living as well as at casinos and for drugs. Overall, they fed $2.3m to slot machines belonging to the Silver Reef Casino spanning 4-yrs though lost $89,300.

Incidentally, Stuart had an accomplice too named Wayne Sewell from Ferndale who admitted to 1 instance of conniving towards carrying out wire fraud (April 25, 2011). Consequently, court punished him with jail for 1-yr as well as penalized with a $150,000 worth compensation. In his plea agreement Sewell said that he helped Stuart withdraw approximately $153,000 out of a Bellingham bank.

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