Brazilian National Sentenced in Scheme to Launder $20 million Found Hidden in Mattress

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A 28-year-old Brazilian national was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for his part in a scheme that bilked billions of dollars from more than two million people through an internet telephone company called TelexFree.

Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was accused of trying to launder millions of dollars in cash realized from the scheme. Authorities said he was arrested in a Westborough apartment where nearly $20 million in cash was found hidden in a box spring.

He was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston to serve 33 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering.

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