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Rhett DeHart announced today that Wendell Wilkins, 32, of Spartanburg, was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to money laundering, for his role in a scheme to extort and defraud military members that was operated out of the South Carolina Department of Corrections SCDC.
Evidence presented to the court showed that, while serving a year sentence in SCDC for attempted armed robbery and using smartphones smuggled into prison, Wilkins ed internet dating sites, posed as young women thereon, and began communicating with military members.
Posing as young women and targeting military members, Wilkins sent nude photographs of young females to the military members and solicited nude photographs and other personal information in exchange. Wilkins, and others acting at his direction, then posed as the father of the young woman, claiming that the young woman was underage and that the military member was in possession of child pornography. Wilkins and others then threatened to have the military members arrested or dishonorably discharged unless they paid money.
Several military members committed suicide after falling victim to this extortion scheme. Norton sentenced Wilkins to 66 months in federal prison and 36 months of supervised release to be served after Wilkins completes his year state prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Attorney DeHart. We hope this prosecution helps state officials eliminate and disable contraband phones in prison. I would like to sincerely thank our partners for their continued dedication and assistance in keeping our service members safe.
Wilkins knowingly used deceit and trickery to prey on those who serve our nation. This additional federal felony conviction and federal prison term should have a strong deterrent effect against any other criminal activity Mr. Wilkins and others might consider pursuing.
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Wednesday, May 26, Acting U. Attorney DeHart prosecuted the case. Topic s :.
Component s :.Sex Dating Scott AFB
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