LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A man and woman from Rudy, Arkansas are sentenced to 11 years and three months for defrauding thousands of victims of $4 million.
The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced that Sharon Henningsen, 68, and Timothy Donovan, 64, were also fined $250,000, given a special assessment of $1,900, and ordered to pay $5,329.99 in restitution to the victims.
According to court documents, Henningsen and Donovan conducted a letter-stuffing scheme that resulted in over 21,000 people from across the U.S. mailing checks or money orders to them from 2005 to 2007 resulting in $4 million from the victims.
The two's scheme was mailing false and misleading solicitation letters to more than one million people inviting them to buy materials to stuff and mail envelopes to make money while working from home in Rudy, Arkansas.
The letters said that a person could earn up to $2,900 to $5,000 or more weekly by purchasing the program for $59 to $149. But no one profited from the scheme except for Henningsen and Donovan.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, "I am grateful for the coordinated work of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the members of this office to bring these individuals to justice. Our office will continue to protect the assets of hardworking Americans and vigilantly pursue swindlers like Henningsen and Donavan."