Peruvian man sentenced to nine years in prison for defrauding Spanish-speaking US residents of $4 million and threatening them with deportation unless they took English language classes
- Henry Milla was sentenced to 110 months in prison by a federal court in Miami on Tuesday
- The 37-year-old owned and operated two call centers in Lima, Peru, which were used to scam Spanish-speaking residents of the United States.
- Milla confessed that he and his accomplices posed as lawyers, court officers and federal agents, the Justice Department said.
- The victims and their relatives were threatened with legal action if they did not come with payments for English language lessons
- Four other defendants have been sentenced to at least 100 months in prison and two others are awaiting trial by 2022
A federal court in Florida has sentenced a Peruvian man to 110 months in prison for threatening Spanish-speaking US residents with arrest, deportation and other legal consequences if they fail to pay for English classes.
Henrry Milla owned and operated two call centers in Lima, Peru, which were used to attack victims and their relatives with legal action unless they paid for products to teach English, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
According to Peruvian authorities, Milla and his accomplices defrauded victims of at least $4 million.
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Milla and at least six accomplices lied to and threatened individuals in the United States, particularly in the South Florida area, from April 2011 to July 2019.
The scammers, the Justice Department said, were “falsely telling victims that they had to accept and pay for English language courses and other educational products, and that if they didn’t, they would get into legal trouble.’
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that Henriry Milla (right) has been sentenced by a federal court in Florida to 110 months in prison for pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and telephone fraud. Milla owned and operated call centers in his native Lima, Peru, which were used to target Hispanic individuals in the United States.
Evelyng Milla (left) with two of the five call center scammers from Peru have been sentenced to at least 110 months in a US federal prison for threatening Spanish-speaking residents of the United States with arrest, deportation and other legal consequences unless they paid for English courses .
Milla confessed that he and his co-conspirators posed as attorneys, court officials, federal agents.
The callers, who operated from Milla’s Latinos and Accion and Accion Latino, contacted the victims and told them that unless they came up with money, they could face legal proceedings, negative credit reports, jail time and deportation.
“The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division will prosecute and prosecute transnational criminals who defraud vulnerable American consumers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
“The defendants in this case defrauded immigrants by falsely promising free products to improve their English. In reality, the defendants lured their victims into a trap of intimidation and fear, leaving them much worse off – with significant financial losses and, often, emotional scars from these crimes. With today’s verdict, five defendants in this case have been brought to trial, demonstrating that those who prey on American consumers from abroad cannot go unpunished.”
Peruvian authorities said the individuals raised at least $4 million by defrauding Spanish-speaking US residents
The English language products are normally free.
Peruvian authorities arrested Milla in January 2020. He and four other accomplices were extradited to the Southern District of Florida in October 2020.
U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. previously sentenced Jerson Renteria, 37, to 100 months in prison. Fernand Huerta; Omar Cuzcano, 32; and Evelyng Milla, 35, were each sentenced to 90 months in prison.
Two other defendants, Carlos Espinoza Huerta and Josmell Espinoza Huerta, fled when Milla and the other four people were arrested. However, both were arrested earlier this year and extradited on June 25.
Judge Scola Jr. will preside over their trial from February 14, 2022.