Extortion Ring Broken Up


SAN DIEGO (CN) – Four members of an extortion ring pleaded guilty Tuesday to duping 128 Latino families nationwide by telling them a family member had been kidnapped and demanding ransom, federal prosecutors said.
     The defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
     They will be sentenced on Oct. 3.
     Pleading guilty were Ruth Graciela Raygoza, 63, of Chula Vista; Maria Del Carmen Pulido Contreras, 42, of Los Angeles; Adrian Jovan Rocha, 26; and Jonathan Rocha, 24, both of Tijuana.
     They made nearly $200,000 from the scheme, prosecutors said.

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