MIAMI (AP) -- A Peruvian man is facing up to 20 years in U.S. prison after admitting he operated telephone call centers that defrauded hundreds of Spanish-speaking people across the country.
A Miami federal judge has set a Dec. 18 sentencing date for 40-year-old Cesar Luis Kou Reyna of Lima, Peru. Kou Reyna pleaded guilty earlier this month to a mail fraud conspiracy charge.
Court documents show Kou Reyna operated call centers in Peru that contacted Spanish speakers in the U.S. claiming they owed money for products they actually never ordered. Callers made threats of legal action if the debt wasn't paid, but victims were told they could avoid a lawsuit if they paid an upfront settlement fee.
Prosecutors say victims paid at least $250,000 in such fees over a three-year period.