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Maryland man gets more than 2 years for pit bull selling scheme

MOUNT RAINIER — A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after selling pit bull puppies online but failing to deliver the animals to buyers.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Fonjeck Eric Azoh, 42, of Mount Rainier, received his sentence in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Azoh had pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in August. He must also pay $158,000 in restitution and forfeit $67,000 seized by law enforcement.

Azoh’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post.

Prosecutors said his scheme involved at least 119 victims who lived in 40 different states. He collected the money at Walmart stores across the city of Washington and surrounding states, prosecutors said.

Azoh has been in custody since his January arrest. Family members wrote letters to the court asking leniency.

“I am writing this letter to show how much me and the children missed him,” his wife wrote. “My husband is a very good and caring father.”

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