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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 13, 2021

Erie Online Scammer Sentenced to 34 Months for Defrauding Victim

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 34 months in jail on his conviction of wire fraud and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Henry James Corder, 68, 2206 Glendale Avenue, Erie, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Corder engaged in a scheme wherein he used numerous falsehoods to steal from a victim that he met online. Corder falsely stated that he was a U.S. Marshal who could find the perpetrator who had previously scammed the victim. He also falsely claimed he needed money for cancer treatments, funeral services for relatives, business partnerships in which he promised to include the victim and items for a non-existent security business. As a result of his lies to the victim, Corder obtained more than $500,000 from her. He then used that money to pay off his mortgage and buy cars and a motorcycle.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone noted the length of time that Corder engaged in the criminal conduct and the devastating impact on the victim.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Corder.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated December 14, 2021