ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison for using counterfeit money, backed by a gun, to scam people trying to sell their iPhones.
Clyde Jefferson, 27, committed robberies on August 3, September 21, and October 8, 2018, and January 8 and 29, 2019 in various locations in the city and county of St. Louis. He was responding to ads of iPhones for sale in various online marketplaces, including Facebook and OfferUp, his guilty plea says. Jefferson showed up at each meeting place and handed counterfeit money, showing a gun when his victims became suspicious that the money wasn’t real, his plea says.
Jefferson pleaded guilty to five federal robbery charges in October.
US Attorney Sayler A. Fleming in a statement announcing the ruling advised buyers and sellers to be cautious. “Consider conducting your transactions in a public place and with a friend or family member, never divulge personal informationon, and arrange an electronic transfer in advance or …
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