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Florida Investment Fraud Victims Get $10 Million

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South Florida Crime

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — More than $10 million in forfeited assets from organizers of an investment fraud will go to hundreds of investors who suffered losses.

Federal prosecutors say more than 500 people were deceived in the Traders International Return Network fraud. The scheme involved supposedly high returns not available through other investments, purportedly in such things as commodities, gold mines in Africa and lucrative real estate deals.

The money actually wasn’t invested in those things. Prosecutors say much of it was stolen by the fraud perpetrators to buy homes and cars and to be deposited in bank accounts they controlled. Three men are serving prison time for running the fraud scam.

In total, more than $15 million was collected from investors.

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