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Guilty Plea for Internet Scam

One of the two people from East Moline accused of participating in an internet scam has pleaded guilty. Thursday 57 year old Barbara Segura appeared in federal court, and pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy. 

Last June, she and 48-year-old Frederico Sausedo were accused of helping to run what's called an "advanced payment scheme" - a common scam where people are persuaded to pay a "fee" of some kind before receiving a much larger amount of money. Federal prosecutors say Segura and Sausedo are suspected of conning people out of at least 95,000 dollars, from last June of 2014 through February of this year. And then wiring most of the money to co-conspirators in Nigeria and elsewhere. 

They were arrested in March when a local bank noticed they were receiving payments from all over the country, and that the money was then wired overseas. 

Segura is scheduled to be sentenced in April, while Sausedo's next hearing will be next month.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.