83-year-old man admits role in romance and work-from-home scams
ST. LOUIS — An 83-year-old St. Louis County man appeared in federal court Wednesday to admit to participating in multiple romance and work-at-home scams and agreed to reimburse the victims.
Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Sharon Nickl signed a civil consent decree admitting her role.
Between September 21, 2020 and May 20, 2021, Nickl received deliveries of over $690,000 from people she didn’t know via the US Postal Service and commercial delivery companies. This money had been sent by victims who thought they were helping their lovers online or had been hired to work from home.
Nickl started participating in the scams after he emptied his bank accounts as the victim of a romance fraud scheme. She became a “financial mule” by transferring money she received to someone she thought was her own lover online via Bitcoin and buying gift cards and prepaid debit cards.
Nickl was not criminally charged and she agreed to pay back $95,350 to seven victims.
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