Md. man pleads guilty in pit bull puppy scam

A man from Prince George’s County, Maryland, pleaded guilty to a federal lawsuit over a scheme to falsely promote pit bull puppy sales, collect payments, and never send animals.

A man from Prince George’s County, Maryland, pleaded guilty to a federal lawsuit over a scheme to falsely promote pit bull puppy sales, collect payments, and never send animals.

Fonjeck Eric Azoh, 42, of Mount Rainier, advertised the animals for sale on various websites and raised at least $ 158,000 from more than 100 victims in 40 different states.

It happened between January 2019 and October 2020.

Prosecutors said Azoh would accept payments through money transfer businesses and collect them from local retail stores and elsewhere.

Azoh was arrested in January and has been in custody ever since.

As part of his plea deal, Azoh agreed to pay a refund that includes the forfeiture of $ 67,000 that was seized by law enforcement during the investigation and an additional $ 92,000 verdict.

Azoh pleaded guilty when convicted on November 17 of wire fraud that resulted in up to 20 years in federal prison.

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