A European pair involved in an international Internet-based fraud scheme was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville for conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud from May 2012 to June 2012.
Beatrix Boka, 34, from Hungary, was sentenced to three years in prison and two years of supervised release. Aleksander Kunkin, 40, from Serbia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Both must also pay approximately $464,000 in restitution to the victims of the conspiracy.
Boka and Kunkin were responsible for opening bank accounts with false passports and IDs and receiving wire transfers. They would then transfer the money to other accounts in Europe, where the other conspirators are believed to be.
According to the prosecution, the other conspirators are not yet known.
Thirty-six victims were schemed out of more than half a million dollars when they believed they were wiring money to buy vehicles from eBay or Autotrader. Thirty-two victims have yet to be paid back for the money they’ve lost.
“[Both defendants] played a small piece, but a crucial piece in the scheme,” Judge Aleta A. Trauger said at the sentencing. “It was a highly sophisticated scheme.”
“I would love to ask all witnesses for their forgiveness,” Boka said to the court Friday.
“There is no doubt that I committed a crime, and I am really sorry about that,” Kunkin said through a translator to the court. “I would like to apologize to the court, the victims, my community and my parents.”
Trauger recommended Kunkin to receive mental health treatment, vocational training and educational training while incarcerated as close as Ashland, Ky. as possible. She recommended Boka to be incarcerated as close as Toronto as possible where Boka’s mother lives.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org