South Windsor man sentenced to federal prison for defrauding his grandparents of $679,000 | USAO-CT

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DOUGLAS SENERTH, 33, of South Windsor, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 18 months in prison. imprisonment, followed by three years of probation, for stealing approximately $679,000 from his grandparents. Judge Chatigny also ordered Senerth to serve the first six months of his probation under house arrest.

According to court documents and court statements, between 2011 and 2019, Senerth defrauded his late grandmother and grandfather by falsely claiming to be a college student and tricking them into giving him approximately $419,000 to pay for college fees. non-existent tuition and other related expenses, and about another $260,000 by falsely claiming that he would invest their money in an investment fund run by one of his non-existent professors. As part of this scheme, Senerth created fraudulent transcripts, letters, and email accounts which he used to corroborate his lies.

Judge Chatigny ordered Senerth to pay restitution of $679,944.

Senerth has been in state custody since February 10, 2021, when he was arrested on unrelated charges. On February 23, 2022, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wire fraud.

The Senerth state affair is ongoing. His federal sentence will begin when his state case is resolved.

This investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and continued by Assistant US Attorney Heather Cherry.

The Department of Justice has established a National Senior Fraud Hotline to provide services to seniors at risk of financial fraud. The helpline is staffed by experienced case managers who can provide personalized support to callers. Case managers assist callers in reporting suspected fraud to the appropriate agencies and providing resources and referrals to other appropriate services as needed. If applicable, case managers will complete a complaint form with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for Internet-facilitated crimes and submit a consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of the caller. The toll-free number for the hotline is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311). For more information, please visit:

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