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Five Dubuquers plead guilty to fraud

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Five people from Dubuque plead guilty to participating in fraud that targeted elderly people. 

Tiffany Reynolds, Joshua Willis, Payton McCarville, Morgan Cornell, and Paul Chase all pleaded guilty. Each person was convicted of one count of wire fraud.

They each admitted to calling victims on the phone, telling them a relative was in jail. They would then ask the victims to wire money to get the relative released.

Willis remains in custody  pending sentencing.  Reynolds, McCarville, Cornell, and Chase remain free on bond previously set.  Each person faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

Five other people have previously pled guilty to their roles in the scheme.  In March, Shawn Vaassen pleaded guilty and admitted that he too was picking up wire transfers sent to the Dubuque area by victims.

In May, Carlos Rodriguez pleaded guilty and admitted that he was also picking up wire transfers sent to the Dubuque area by victims. 

Michael and Stephanie Marcov, each pleaded guilty to wire fraud, and admitted to picking up wire transfers sent by victims. 

In October, Tobey Hines pleaded guilty and admitted that he was also picking up wire transfers sent by victims.

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