Whitehall artist gets 3 years in prison for role in mail fraud
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana copywriter and artist has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy that sent letters to people fraudulently telling them they'd won money or a prize with a return envelope asking for $20 or $30 to pay supposed processing or delivery fees.
Federal prosecutors said 66-year-old Thomas Ressler of Whitehall was paid about $850,000 from March 2012 through September 2016 to design more than 200 fraudulent solicitations for co-conspirators in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
The solicitations were purported to be sent by official-sounding entities and included the name and signature of a fictitious officer of the fictitious company.
Ressler pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in February and was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Helena.
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