2 Pittsburgh men arraigned in magazine scam case
Published: December 5, 2012
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two Pittsburgh men were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges for an alleged scheme in which they scammed more than 21,000 into buying $2 million worth of magazine subscriptions that were supposed to benefit children's hospitals, veterans' support groups and other charities.
Forty-three-year-old Samuel Cole and 31-year-old Larhon Buchanan have been in custody since they were arrested Nov. 11 on indictment charging them with mail and wire fraud.
Federal prosecutors say the men began the scam under the name New Image Consultants Inc. in 2007, then later changed the name of their firm as they switched its mailing address from Pittsburgh, to Seattle, to Dallas.
The men allegedly recruited sellers and told them to pose as single mothers and ex-cons who were selling magazines to make a "fresh start" in life.
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