Cape Coral woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for mail fraud targeting elderly people

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Cape Coral woman has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for a mail fraud operation that targeted elderly people.

According to court documents, 38-year-old Nicole Sprague contributed to a tech support scam conspiracy that defrauded numerous elderly victims from around January 2018 through April 2019.

The conspirators portrayed themselves as online computer tech support personnel to steal money from elderly victims who believed they were paying for computer repairs and and security software.

The conspirators remotely gained control of their victim’s computers and accessed their personal information and financial accounts, court documents said.

Fake deposits were made into the victim’s account by the conspirators who got them to refund large amounts of money to Sprague.

According to court documents, Sprague deposited the victim’s payments into multiple bank accounts that she had opened. Sprague transferred the funds to other members of the conspiracy and she received at least $250,000 in personal proceeds from the fraud.

Sprague was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and mail fraud. The court ordered $250,000 be forfeited by Sprague and $297,900 be given back to identified victims.

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Sprague plead guilty on May 24.

Count on NBC 2 to provide updates if more information is released.

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