Up to 32 months in prison in large phishing case

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After hearing initial sentences of 4 years imprisonment, the Haarlem court sentences three members of an organization, specialized in phishing, to up to 32 months in prison on Monday.The 32-year-old Furgel R. from Diemen heard the highest sentence of 32 months. His accomplice Virginia E. (34) from Amsterdam was also sentenced to 32 months in prison, of which half conditional. Ricardo G. from Den Helder, who played a smaller role, heard 10 months in prison.

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R. and E. are guilty of fraud, money laundering, and participation in a criminal organization, according to the court. The penalties were however lower than demanded, because the court acquitted parts of the charges.

The Prosecution was nevertheless satisfied Monday, especially since they managed to proof to the court the existence of a criminal organization. The prosecution does not yet discard the possibility of an appeal, namely because gang leader R. was acquitted of scamming in many of the 76 alleged.