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Lemon Grove's Cynthia Lozano was sentenced to 175 months in prison today (July 12) for running two complex tax and identity theft scams. She ran the second one while awaiting sentencing for the first one.

She would file false tax returns for people who were unaware their names and Social Security numbers were being used. Refunds were directed to bank accounts in the names of her associates and relatives. She was indicted in 2013 and pleaded guilty two years later.

In mid-2015, while she was awaiting sentencing, the Internal Revenue Service discovered she was still pulling the same scam with new victims.

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JustWondering July 15, 2017 @ 10:53 a.m.

Too bad she didn't put as much effort in legitimate work, maybe should wouldn't be spending the next 10 years of her life behind bars. But on the bright side, it's probably safe to say she'll be confined in mimimum security federal facility sometime referred to as a country club for non violent felons.

I've read Bernie Madoff, the largest thief monetarily speaking in history, recently cornered the hot chocolate market at his prison.

This is from a January 2017 article is Town & Country magazine:

"At one point, [Bernie Madoff] cornered the hot chocolate market," Fishman said. "He bought up every package of Swiss Miss from the commissary and sold it for a profit in the prison yard. He monopolized hot chocolate! He made it so that, if you wanted any, you had to go through Bernie."

So while life in prison isn't a bed of roses, if you're going to be locked up in one, Club Fed is the place to go.

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MURPHYJUNK July 15, 2017 @ 12:34 p.m.

until the cons figure out they are being conned, then Bernie might see a bit more justice than he planned on.

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:25 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Actually, con artists are often easy to con, just as a crack salesman is the easiest to sell something to. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:24 p.m.

JustWondering: If anybody could pull that off, Bernie Madoff could. I understand his fellow inmates love and respect him. Maybe they don't so much anymore. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 15, 2017 @ 11:57 a.m.

Mama always said "Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get" and mama says that "stupid is as stupid does".

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:26 p.m.

shirleyberan: My wife and my cardiologist won't let me eat much chocolate. Such a shame. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 15, 2017 @ 12:04 p.m.

Forgot to give credit to Forrest Gump (1994 motion-picture)

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:27 p.m.

shirleyberan: That movie was prescient. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan July 15, 2017 @ 12:35 p.m.

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is bitterest" (Kong Qui the philosopher Confucious 551BC).

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:28 p.m.

shirleyberan: Kong Qui was quixotic. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh July 15, 2017 @ 10:14 p.m.

A sentence of this length for white-collar crime is unusual. She really had some people ticked off, notably the US Attorney and the judge, to get slammed with almost fifteen years in prison. The outrageous nature of continuing her crimes while awaiting sentencing for earlier offenses was not typical, and I'd suppose it was that sort of defiant action that led to the severity of the jail term.

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Don Bauder July 16, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.

Visduh: I agree. It took chutzpah to do what she did. Stupid chutzpah. Best, Don Bauder

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