TelexFree mattress money mule sentenced to 33 months in prison

Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, better known as the TelexFree mattress money mule, was busted earlier this year trying to launder $20 million in stolen Ponzi funds.

Following a guilty plea in October, Rocha was scheduled to be sentenced on December 20th.

The sentencing was delayed, following Rocha’s comical attempt to credit himself with the recovery of the $19.2 million in stolen TelexFree investors funds he was caught with.

Following a rescheduled sentencing hearing that took place yesterday, Rocha was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Rocha’s case ultimately boiled down to his role in assisting TelexFree owner and wanted fugitive, Carlos Wanzeler, with laundering millions of dollars in stolen investor funds.

(Wanzeler) left behind tens of millions of dollars that he laundered from TelexFree accounts, prosecutors said.

To retrieve the money, he and Leonardo Casula Francisco, Wanzeler’s nephew, sent Rocha to the United States on several trips to deliver portions of it to other money launders.

After his release Rocha will be subject to one year of supervised release.

Wanzeler’s primary accomplice and TelexFree co-owner James Merrill was sentenced to six years in prison early last year.

Last we heard Wanzeler has no intention of returning to the US to face justice for his crimes.

Even as those he recruited to recover funds stolen from TelexFree investors are arrested and sent to prison, Wanzeler remains wanted by US authorities.

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