Federal lawsuit against Milwaukee rappers and 2 others for puppy fraud
A puppy fraud attempt was uncovered in Milwaukee. Federal investigators say three suspects cheated on people across the country who went in the market for a puppy, took the money, but never turned a dog over.
MILWAUKEE – A puppy fraud attempt was uncovered in Milwaukee. Federal investigators say three suspects cheated on people across the country who went in the market for a puppy, took the money, but never turned a dog over.
“It was a Havanese puppy,” said Karen Parness. “A woman about 10 or 12 weeks old.”
It wasn’t the end Parness expected when she began her search for the perfect puppy last year. The Henderson, Nevada woman found a website that she thought fit a match and wrote to the business owners.
“They all had their ducks in a row,” said Parness.
She sent $ 500 through the money app, Cell, expecting the dog to be flown over to her, but when the person on the other end asked for another $ 1,500, she knew something was wrong.
“I said, ‘That just doesn’t sound right. I’m not comfortable with it,'” Parness said.
She went to the authorities. Investigators say Parness is one of several people cheated on by three Milwaukee suspects Blaire Hudson, Sona Spora and Milwaukee rapper Sona the Voice.
According to a federal complaint, the three ran the Cassy Havanese Breeders website, posting photos and profiles of puppies before taking money from their victims and never giving them a dog.
“We’ve seen this scam skyrocket,” said Jim Temmer, CEO of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau.
Temmer said the puppy programs grew during the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no dog,” said Temmer. “There never was a dog and once you stop sending cash you will never hear from them again.”
That’s exactly what happened in this case, except that the suspects were caught behind the scenes. Their victims hope for justice.
“I hope they end up in jail, pay everyone back,” Parness said.
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The BBB says the best way to avoid the scam is to shop locally.
The suspects now have to go to court for bank and transfer fraud.