TAMPA, FL — A 50-year-old Holiday woman was sentenced Thursday to five years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to scamming more than $1.38 million from people around the country in a telemarketing scheme.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington sentenced Lori Owen, aka Lori Corrigan, for conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud. As part of her sentence, the court ordered her to pay restitution to her victims in the amount of $620,103.
According to court documents, Owen was charged in December for her involvement in a telemarketing scam—primarily tax impersonation fraud—that operated from December 2014 through the end of 2016.
Those involved in the scam, some of whom were located overseas, extorted money from people by convincing the victims they owed money to the Internal Revenue Service, Canadian tax authorities or other entities.
The scammers then threatened the victims with arrest, prosecution or other legal…