Congratulations To The Victims Of The Dallas Scammers!

Part 1

This Scammer Received A 14 Year Sentence! SCARS Was There!

A SCARS Advocacy Report

A Week Ago Scam Victims Triumphed In Dallas Texas & SCARS Was Right There In The Court!


On October 22, 2021, our own SCARS’ Director Debby Montgomery Johnson was in the Dallas courtroom in support of 80+ romance scam victims, including some in our own SCARS support groups, for the sentencing of one of the scammers arrested by the FBI.

According to Debby Montgomery Johnson, “What we learned about this group of scammers was incredible! The FBI was very professional, and the support provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the dozens of victims was amazing.”

SCARS was in the courtroom in Plano, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) in support of the victims appearing and for the millions that could not attend. SCARS is the only crime victims’ assistance organization that focuses on relationship scams in all of their forms, aiding victims in every way possible.

This scammer, named “Moses Moreira” received a 14-year sentence for his part in scamming dozens of victims across the U.S.

We are immensely proud of the scam survivors who appeared in Federal Court facing their scammer and asking the court for the most serious sentence possible.

Great job ladies for the courage you showed today!

It is through efforts like this with the FBI, Federal Prosecutors, and support for the victims that allow for sentencing to put scammers away for a decade or more!

In moments like these, we see that the system does work. This is why it is so important that EVERY scam be reported to the FBI on, to the FTC at, and to SCARS at

SCARS was right there in the courtroom helping victims achieve justice.

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Congratulations to all of this scammer organization’s victims on the conviction and sentencing of your scammers in Dallas!

North Texas Man Moses Moreira Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Multi-Million Dollar International Fraud Scheme - Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

North Texas Man Moses Moreira Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Multi-Million Dollar International Fraud Scheme – Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

Thank you Debby Butz Montgomery Johnson for flying to support the victims on behalf of SCARS!

According to one of the romance scam victims testifying and presenting their Victim Impact Statements:

“With the information shared in court by the FBI, I re-lived my scam again. Being able to verbalize my thoughts & feelings to the court & the money mule was satisfying. I was not expecting an apology from him. I am very appreciative to the FBI & the court. They have been actively arresting these guys! Today was a big step in my recovery.”

Remember: This is why reporting every scammer is so important!

Please note, many have mistakenly identified this criminal as a “Money Mule” but he is not. He is a co-conspirator and active participant in this criminal enterprise!

In Part 2

In part 2, listen to an interview with one of the victims and our own Debby Montgomery Johnson who were there that day in the courtroom! Click here for Part 2

Background Information

From The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas’ press release on Monday, April 5, 2021:

A Carrollton, Texas man named “Moses Moreira” has pled guilty to federal violations announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Moses Moreira, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud on April 1, 2021, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak.

“The identification and disruption of white-collar fraud schemes, and the vigorous prosecution of the criminals responsible for them, is a top priority for the Eastern District of Texas,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “It is our mission to make internet communication and commerce as safe as possible and rooting out online fraud schemes—such as the one here—are an integral part of that process.”

According to court documents, Moreira worked with co-conspirators to devise and execute an online fraud scheme, which involved, among other things, fabricating false identities and stories to entice victims and ultimately lure money from them.  Moreira and his co-conspirators used the fraudulently obtained funds for personal purchases and converted portions of these funds for use in international shipping. According to the indictment, at least 80 victims sent money to Moreira and his co-conspirators, with at least 60 victims sending money directly to Moreira or accounts controlled by Moreira. These victims have lost a combined total of approximately $4 million.  Moreira was indicted on Feb. 10, 2021 and charged with federal violations.

Under federal statutes, Moreira faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

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