OAKLAND -- An Oakland man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $3 million to two Arizona elementary schoolteachers he defrauded as part of a money laundering scheme, federal prosecutors said.
Last December, a federal jury convicted Keith Aaron Vann, 42, of three counts of money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, a separate count of wire fraud. On Tuesday he was sentenced to pay $3.4 million in restitution in addition to a decade in prison, according to the office of United States Attorney Melinda Haag.
Vann was in custody and was not available for comment Tuesday.
Authorities said evidence showed that Vann used a fake profit organization called Global Missions, which was said to provide humanitarian aid worldwide, to convince the victims to give millions from the estates of their fathers.
Vann instead used the donations to finance personal trips, jewelry, a down payment on a luxury car, and a $1.25 million home, federal authorities said.
He also posed as the attorney for Global Mission, telling the victims he had expertise with the IRS in terms of facilitating tax deductible charitable donations,
At least two others were involved in the scheme. Joseph Williams of Hayward died in 2010, two years after his indictment on fraud charges that were subsequently dismissed. Joe Little Jr., 47, of Auburn pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and is awaiting sentencing, federal authorities said.