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By Ivan Moreno (February 14, 2022, 6:15 PM EST) – A federal judge in Florida on Monday handed down an 8.5-year sentence to a man who prosecutors have called a “key orchestrator” of a scheme that used call centers in Peru to steal approximately $9 million from recent Spanish-speaking immigrants to the United States with threats of deportation.

Carlos Alberto Espinoza Huerta, a Peruvian national, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud for his role in the scam, prosecutors said, from April 2011 to July 2019.

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. imposed Espinoza’s sentence, making him the seventh and final defendant in the…

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