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Canadian woman sentenced to 3 years probation on fraud conviction

A Canadian woman who was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years of probation and ordered to pay $134, 172 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 42-year-old Sheila Offor of Scarborough, Ont. conspired with 31 other people between July 2005 and May 2011 to defraud individuals who were seeking loans. The conspirators established websites for fictitious financial services companies offering to arrange loans to U.S. residents with credit problems using a sophisticated scheme that tricked the victims into paying an insurance deposit for the lender to process their loans.

Offor served as a payee in the scheme and traveled from Canada to the United States to pick up the wired funds and transport them with her to Canada. She defrauded a total of 77 people using the scheme, prosecutors said.

All the other defendants charged in the case have since been convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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