BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Shawn Phillips, age 44, of Baton Rouge, is going to be behind bars in federal prison for 33 months.
The sentence stems from a case involving Phillips and an elderly veteran who lost $50,718 in a scheme.
Phillips was convicted of wire fraud after an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation.
The Baton Rouge man pled guilty and will have to pay back the money taken from the elderly man.
According to the United States Department of Justice, “Phillips befriended the victim, then took advantage of that friendship to steal over $50,718 over a 16-month period.”
The elderly veteran and victim, in this case, were led to believe that Phillips needed the money.
Money was loaned under the premise that Phillips was awaiting a large inheritance.
The investigation found that at no time was Phillips set to inherit money.
While this was going on, the Baton Rouge man moved to Georgia.
DOJ says, “Phillips continued his scheme, convincing the victim to send 43 wire transfers from Baton Rouge to Georgia to fund his lifestyle there.”
“Phillips continued his fraudulent assertion that he was waiting on an inheritance, even at points claiming to need additional money from the victim to get the ‘inheritance’ out of the court system,” according to the United States Department of Justice.
After Phillips finishes his time behind bars, three years of supervised release await the Baton Rouge man.
If you think someone is a victim of a similar scheme, contact the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-FRAUD11 (1-833-372-8311).