BRIDGEPORT — A Bridgeport man was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Wednesday for laundering money obtained from lotteries and romance schemes, according to federal prosecutors.

US attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery said the schemes defrauded mostly elderly victims across the country out of millions of dollars. Stanley Pierre, 35, of Bridgeport, used his personal bank accounts and opened business bank accounts to launder these funds.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport sentenced Pierre to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of probation, for his role in the scams. He is released on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to report to jail on September 21, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

From August 2015 to March 2020, Farouq Fasasi, Rodney Thomas Jr. and others used lottery scams, romance scams and other fraudulent means to convince elderly victims to give them money, gifts and personal details. Fasasi, Thomas and others lived together for a time in a house on Sherman Avenue in New Haven where they received numerous packages containing cash, checks and money orders from the victims, according to the office. of the US Attorney.

Investigators began investigating the group when they noticed a significant number of packages were being sent to addresses in New Haven and Hamden, according to court documents.

Some victims also transferred money directly to Pierre’s bank accounts with at least a deposit of around $91,000, the US attorney’s office said. Pierre also recruited others to launder the proceeds of the scheme.

Through an investigation, law enforcement learned that the scams defrauded more than 200 people across the United States out of more than $5 million.

“Many of the victims were elderly and vulnerable, and some victims lost their life savings,” the U.S. attorney’s office said. “Connecticut Victim Lost Over $1 Million.”

Pierre pleaded guilty to money laundering on January 27, 2022.

On February 15, 2022, Fasasi, Thomas and another co-conspirator, Ralph Pierre, were convicted of multiple charges stemming from this scheme. On June 28, 2022, Ralph Pierre was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Fasasi and Thomas await sentencing.

For seniors who may be victims of financial fraud, please call the National Senior Fraud Hotline at 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).