DENVER (CBS4) – They stole more than $1 million from hundreds of people across the globe and now a Colorado mother and daughter know how long they will spend in prison.
The state attorney general’s office says both Tracy and Karen Vasseur were sentenced to at least 12 years in prison.
Prosecutors say the pair from Brighton were part of a Nigerian Internet romance scam and pretended to be soldiers serving overseas. The fake soldiers would start relationships with victims and then ask for money for travel and other expenses.
“Not only did this mother-daughter duo break the law, they broke hearts worldwide,” Attorney General John Suthers said in a statement. “It is fitting that they received stiff sentences for their unconscionable crimes committed in the name of love and the United States military.”