Gwinnett man pleads guilty to $1M email scam

A Gwinnett County man has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges after attempting to scam victims out of $1 million through emails, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Kerby Rigaud, 27, of Duluth, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

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Rigaud and multiple co-conspirators, who were not named by the Justice Department, “spoofed” and hacked into businesses’ email accounts and sent messages to victims demanding money. The emails that Rigaud and his co-conspirators compromised were those of banking representatives and real estate closing agents, the Justice Department said.

Rigaud used other people’s bank accounts to funnel the victims’ money into before transferring the funds to other accounts, including those held by Asian financial institutions, the Justice Department said.

“Rigaud and his co-conspirators used cyberspace to organize a complex criminal scheme that crossed borders and defrauded numerous people right here in Georgia,” said Kenneth Cronin, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, in the Justice Department release.

Rigaud will be sentenced on June 14.

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