WASHINGTON, D.C.–A Greensboro, North Carolina, woman was sentenced to 48 months in prison Thursday for fleeing the United States after being sentenced to 60 months in prison for her role in managing a telemarketing scheme that induced victims to send money for a falsely promised sweepstakes prize.
Jessica Anne Brown, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina. The 48-month sentence will run consecutive to the previously-issued 60-month sentence. Brown pleaded guilty on June 1 to one count of failure to surrender for service of sentence and one count of contempt of court.
As part of her guilty plea, Brown admitted that she violated her court-ordered release conditions by removing her location monitor and using an unlawfully-obtained passport to flee to Canada after having been ordered to surrender for a 60-month prison sentence stemming from her role in managing an illegal call center in Costa Rica that defrauded hundreds of U.S. victims. Brown further admitted that she fled to Canada with the intent of avoiding her sentence.