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Brazilian Gets 4 Years In Advance Fee Scheme, US Request For 8 Years Denied on MCC Conditions

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 27 – The U.S. Department of Justice on September 27 announced that JOAO DJALMA PRESTES JUNIOR, a/k/a “Joao Pereira,” a Brazilian national, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding Brazilian businesses of approximately $15 million through an international advance fee scheme.  PRESTES JUNIOR was arrested in June 2020 and pled guilty in April 2021 before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who imposed today’s sentence. 

 Inner City Press in fact covered the sentencing. The prosecutors asked for 84 months; Joao's US taxpayer funded Federal Defender cited the conditions in the Metropolitan Correctional Center to advocate for less - getting 48 months.   

The prosecutors continued: "Superseding Indictments were unsealed today charging co-conspirators HERMINIO RIBEIRO DIAS CRUZ, JUAN CARLOS VILLALBA, ROSE MARTINS DE OLIVEIRA, and ALEX PEREIRA DE SOUTO with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the same international advance fee scheme.  CRUZ, VILLALBA, DE OLIVEIRA, and DE SOUTO remain at large."

The case is US v. Prestes Junior, 20-cr-416 (Rakoff)


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