Man sentenced to four years in prison for committing $1 million in cellphone fraud

Edwin Fana has plenty of real life experience at the age of 37. In 2009, he was the president and CEO of a company called Super Telecom. Earlier this year, he received a degree in technology. But now, Fana is going be sitting in prison for four years after admitting that he committed $1 million in cellphone fraud while running Super Telecom. In August he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count to access device fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. This past Thursday, he received his sentence.

Operating out of his home in Miami Gardens, Florida, Fana had his co-conspirators place international calls to his home from where he would route them using illegally programmed cellphones. To help with the scheme, Fana incorporated Super Telecom in 2009. By reprogramming as many as 88 handsets at his home, Fana would arrange to have his company collect revenue from the fraudulent calls without paying the cellular carriers that provided the actual connections. The calls would be made to countries like Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The conspirators ended up sharing at least $1,095,600 of illicit revenue generated by the scheme. Everything came crashing down in October 2012 when Fana's home was raided by the FBI. 


source: MiamiHerald

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6 Comments

1. user001

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

So the Banking industry, and Banks as a whole knowingly and illegally wiped out billions from the US and world economies and NONE have gone to jail? But "some" guy figured out a 2 bit scheme and split a little over a million dollars and he is enemy NUMBER ONE?! Clearly, the system is screwed. He defrauded what amounts to a ROUNDING ERROR for the losses inflicted by Big Banks.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

The difference is: The government has been helping/using banks to push its agenda for the past 8 years or so... This guy is guilty, but because the government had no hand in that pocket - they'll put him in jail... Either way, user001, good observation...

4. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Eight years? Try over thirty, since at least the Reagan bailout.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

LoL, I was trying to be nice.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's the results of legalise corruption. The sad thing is that it would only get worse. Happened on every corrupted countries.

6. user001

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

With the LITERAL slap on the wrist of B. Maddoff, it's clear our gov't has NO balls. Sure there will be the occasional huff over large mergers, but for the most part the criminal activities are blatant and egregious. Big Pharma, Financial, Tech, and really most other "big" business lines the (re)election coffers and we the ppl are screwed sans lube. I admit something drastic needs to be done, President Elect PussyGrabber is NOT the answer however. The same harsh and overly punitive rules that apply to Joe Public should apply 100% to those are the top of companies that inflict national or global atrocities.

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