- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge wondered how someone could have fallen for Amir Anjum Shamim’s scams, but since at least six willing investors did, the judge sentenced the Oregon man to three years and five months in prison for three counts of wire fraud.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/o4gIqh ) that Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Jones also ordered Shamim to pay more than $250,000 in restitution, although the judge acknowledged Monday it’s unlikely that will happen.

The Forest Grove man presented himself as an Arabian horse dealer, talking of gold investment pools in which $20,000 stakes would multiply into $300,000 windfalls in two months. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds says the man’s stories included one about needing $24,500 to buy a special Arabian horse embryo as a surprise for his wife.

The judge rejected a joint recommendation from prosecutors and a defense lawyer, who negotiated a lower proposed sentence as part of a plea agreement. Jones said the stiffer sentence was necessary to punish and deter Shamim, who has four previous felony convictions for theft and other offenses in Washington state and Oregon.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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