A lesson for would-be criminal masterminds: When looking for victims to scam, try someone other than the U.S. government.

A group of Kenyan nationals learned that the hard way Aug. 19 when U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver Jr. doled out jail time ranging from 9-72 months for co-conspirators in a multimillion-dollar, international fraud and money-laundering scheme that targeted state governments.

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