June 23, 2021
Business

Authorities: Puppy sales were scam

A federal grand jury this week indicted two Malvern residents in an alleged nationwide scam involving “purebred” puppies, the office for the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced Wednesday.

Helda Verla Berinyuy, 31, and Thierry Assoueesoh Ekwelle, 31, have been charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 22 counts of wire fraud over allegations of trying to sell “purebred, registered puppies that did not actually exist,” according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Berinyuy and Ekwelle set up websites falsely advertising the sale of puppies, FBI investigators said.

While no actual puppies were a part of the scheme, Berinyuy and Ekwelle would promise to deliver purebred French bulldogs, boxers, toy poodles, English bulldogs and other breeds via airplane in exchange for payments made through wire transfers, according to the…

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