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June 16, 2018

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1993: A Las Vegas, Nevada, man pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud charges, allegedly resulting in $30 million taken from about 30,000 residents deceived across the country.

A Clovis grand jury indicted James Alpert after 15 victims were identified in Curry County.

Alpert ultimately received a seven-year prison sentence. Two of his business partners also were sent to prison in connection with the scheme.

Alpert, according to the Clovis News-Journal, said his company sold vitamins, cosmetics and other items by intentionally deceiving customers into believing they would receive trips and other valuable prizes with their purchase.

Clovis prosecutor Randall Harris and investigator James Skinner were widely credited with uncovering the scheme, which resulted in 22 employees of K&M Marketing being indicted on state and federal charges.

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