Los Angeles resident William T. Comfort, 28, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, part of a grandparent scam that took over $636,000 from seniors believing they were aiding their grandchildren in legal troubles. As part of his plea agreement, Comfort has agreed to pay a minimum restitution of $636,000. Homeland Security Investigations in Vermont identified at least 15 victims in the state. Comfort, who sometimes posed as a bail bondsman, would receive 10% of collected funds. He was previously arrested on fraud charges in New York and had a warrant for a similar scam in Wisconsin. He faces a potential 20-year prison sentence and up to $750,000 in fines. Sentencing is set for October 16.
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