The following information comes directly from the United States Department of Justice and from Dinar Daily. The source for the information is posted below. Tony is not allowed to make any calls related to the Iraqi Dinar and will be starting his one year prison term within two weeks. Afterwards, he will be on a supervised release for three years. Read on to learn more.
California Man Sentenced For Operating $1.6 Million Internet Fraud
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man was sentenced in federal court in Kansas Monday to a year and a day in prison for operating an Internet fraud scheme that cost more than 200 victims a total of more than $1.6 million, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The defendant was ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution to the victims.
Anthony Renfrow, 57, Folsom, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted he made fraudulent claims to entice people to pay to become “autosurf investors” with 14DailyPlus.com. The business was promoted to buyers in the Kansas City metro area.
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Investors paid a membership fee and were promised a 14 percent daily return on their money for clicking on advertisers’ Web sites for a certain period of time each day. To achieve that rate of return, 14DailyPlus.com purportedly pooled the capital investments of members and purchased advertising units on the Internet with Fortune-500 type companies.
Renfrow held regularly scheduled conference calls with investors via telephone and Internet to lull them into believing the program was legitimate and returns on investments were being paid as promised. In truth, there was no investment vehicle and the promise of a 14 percent daily return was completely unrealistic.
Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, the California Attorney General’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask for their work on the case.
What happened inside the courtroom?
Quote :Tony Renfro Court Case Update – Eyewitness account of sentencing hearing
500 State Ave. Kansas City, KS Room 463
11/30/2015 01:30PM 12-cr-20041: USA v. Renfrow District Judge Murguia Kansas City KC Courtroom 463 (CM) Sentencing
Thank you Sherif for doing the video and provided below.
Present in courtroom –
• Judge Murguia
• Federal prosecutor
• Paralegals as well
• US Marshals Service
• Court Stenographers
• Mr Renfro
• Tony’s Attorney
• Mr Bartee
• Several individuals from the dinar community
• Represented were Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
What follows is to the best of my ability to capture the gist of the court sentencing.
Court transcript will be made available in about 7 to 10 days according to the Federal Prosecutor.
The following was whispered right before the judge entered the chambers and I was sitting right behind Tony and was able to over hear the following –
Federal Prosecutor leaned to Tony and his attorney and asked about Tony’s foreign currency holdings and if he had any…
Tony’s reply was “legal currencies?”
Federal Prosecutor – “yes”
Tony replied – “no, I have no legal foreign currency holdings”
Judge Murguia enters the court room –
Tony and his attorney called to approach the podium
Judge asked Mr Bartee if PSI (Pre-Sentencing Investigation) report has been read by attorney and attorney briefed his client. (Tony responded defiantly that he will only do a plea if the court agrees to his plea deal). Judge asks again if Tony understands the PSI. This time Tony replies with a head node and a yes.
Judge states that the PSI is sealed, (more than likely this will never get to be seen by the public)
Charges are 1 count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud greater than $10K.
C1C plea agreement: if the court does not accept Tony’s plea agreement: Tony will withdraw his plea motion and go to trial.
Judge states that the Federal Guidelines dictate that for the 1 count against him and his past felonies he should serve 78 to 97 months.
Out of a Class1 to Class6 incarceration rating – Tony is considered to be a Class2 because this is not his first time being found guilty of similar crimes.
Tony speaks to the judge with disdain and arrogance that he should have done an appeal because William Fox, his counterpart in 14daily, did not get charged with anything, taking all the monies and that he (Tony) is taking the wrap for everything.
The Federal Government stepped forward and cleared that statement with the following facts: William Fox did a change of venue to that of Southern California and will not be sentenced until mid-March of 2016.
The Judge brings up the PSI and numerous letters from the dinar community that were written to him or the courts directly informing them of the TNT calls in which he is still following his pattern of bad behavior. Same as 14daily.
Tony was argumentative at this point with the Judge and admitting that he does not talk to any federal entities about currencies and named several (UST, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security).
Tony’s plea deal was brought up again by the judge; stating that it does not fit the guidelines and is inadequate. Federal prosecutor then states they were fine with the plea agreement because is would take the government a lot of time and expense to go through all 202 known victims and try the crime in Federal Court.
The Judge brought up the defendants history and character which must be considered and brought into the equation.
At this point the court turns off the PA system and all one could was hear is static or white noise to keep a private sidebar between the Judge and another individual in the court room.
PA system is turned back on and Judge reads Tony’s sentence:
• 1 year and 1 day prison incarceration
• 3 years supervised probation
• Rehabilitation while incarcerated.
The Judge then firmly stated that these conditions will apply :
• $100 to the crime victims fund
• Restitution of $1,692,803.26 to victims.
• This is to be shared with William Fox paying as well.
• 10% of his income paid per month while incarcerated
• 5% per month after incarceration
• 14 days to file notice of appeal
• Voluntary surrender was granted
And then the judge dropped the bombshell on Tony and told him he is to have no currency involvement for the next 4 years and 1 day. The same thing he did in 14daily with calls he is doing currently with currencies.
The Judge was explicit in the following:
• No social media
• No Calls
• No Tweets
• No Meetings
This did not go over well with Tony and in a raised voice told the judge over and over, “He will see, he will see, the truth will come out!”
The Court was adjourned.
As Tony walked out he looks at me and others commenting in a vicious tone, “you do not no need to take notes I will see to it you get transcripts.”
In the hallway outside the courtroom; I and others stopped the Federal Prosecutor to discuss a couple things the judge had said and we were told that the government does not have the resources to watch and track all that he is doing.
The dinar community has already submitted to the court much needed documentation andthe Federal Prosecutor told us that if the dinar community witnesses him violating any portion of the plea agreement to contact him and he would see to it that it is brought to light. This would break the plea agreement thus making it possible for Tony to have to do the full 78 to 96 months in prison.
Contact information for the Federal Prosecutor will be available in the court transcripts.
The transcript will fill in all the minutiae of the proceedings. This is just a brief overview of today’s events.
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