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Convicted killer posed as angry dad in ‘sextortion’ scheme targeting soldiers, feds say

The convicted murderer’s scheme worked by posing as a young woman online and trading nude photographs with members of the military, the feds said. But then the inmate would switch characters to an angry dad, telling the victims they were trading photos with his underage daughter.

Then he’d demand money, threatening to call authorities and report the victim for having child pornography if they didn’t pay.

Federal investigators say Jimmy Dunbar, 37, used the “sextortion” scheme on at least 17 victims, all service members, from behind bars at the Lee Correctional Facility in South Carolina.

Dunbar extorted almost $30,000 from the victims as he served a 30-year prison sentence for murder and kidnapping, according to a press release from federal prosecutors in South Carolina. He pleaded guilty to money laundering, extortion and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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A judge sentenced Dunbar to 46 months along with the decades he is already serving in prison, according to prosecutors.

“From September 2016 to January 2017, Dunbar received approximately $29,598.00 in extorted funds, which investigators traced to at least 17 victims,” prosecutors said.

Dunbar had what prosecutors call “money mules” on the outside who would collect the payments and send the money to him and other inmates in the prison in Lee County, about 30 miles west of Florence, South Carolina.

The “money mules” pleaded guilty in federal court for their involvement in the scheme, according to a news release from the United States Attorney District of South Carolina.

Andreika Mouzon, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and Flossie Brockington, 29, pleaded guilty to money laundering.

The two would get the money from the service members through a wire transfer and then transfer that money to the inmates, the release said.

“During the course of the conspiracy, Mouzon was responsible for transferring $20,421.73 of extorted funds from at least 11 service members, and Brockington was responsible for transferring $14,465.00 of extorted funds from at least eight service members,” the release said.

They both face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, it said.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.