- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - A Serbian who was arrested in France and returned to Texas in an email scam investigation must serve four years in a U.S. prison and repay $17 million.

Milos Vujanic in December pleaded guilty to fraud-related counts in what investigators in Dallas call a massive telecommunications scheme.

Prosecutors on Wednesday announced the penalty for Vujanic, who was among nearly 20 people indicted. Authorities say the names of some homeless people were listed as officers, directors and managers of bogus companies, to defraud telecommunications firms of goods and services.

Vujanic was arrested in May 2012 in Paris, then extradited to Texas last April.

Three Dallas-area men in 2011 were convicted of conspiracy and fraud-related counts in the scam and sentenced to prison terms ranging from nine to 40 years.


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