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Feds: Two sentenced for international kidnapping, extortion scheme

July 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds: Two sentenced for international kidnapping, extortion scheme

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Federal prosecutors say two suspects charged in North Texas with an international kidnapping and extortion scheme were sentenced to prison.

According to a Justice Department press release, Nygul Anderson and Albert Gonzalez, both age 19, sentenced Monday in Fort Worth for their roles in the extortion scheme.

Anderson and Gonzalez were convicted of conspiracy to use an interstate facility to commit a travel act violation, conspiracy to possess extortion proceeds and money laundering.

Anderson was sentenced to three years in prison while Gonzalez was ordered to serve 30 months.

Authorities said a person in North Richland Hills began receiving threatening calls last September saying the individual’s two brothers were kidnapped in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and demanded a ransom for their safe release.

The victims’ family were forced to pay $20,000 and the brothers were freed.

Feds say the family later received another call demanding a $100,000 ransom.

The caller told the victim that he worked for the Jalisco New Generation cartel and gave him until Oct. 13 to make the ransom drop.

FBI agents arrested Anderson, Gonzalez, and a 17-year-old suspect, as they attempted to pick up the ransom at a Fort Worth Home Depot.

Another co-conspirator in the case identified as 21-year-old Fernando Cabrera was sentenced to 14 months in April, for his role in the extortion scheme.

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