In court papers, Lazo said that Kennard was lured into the scheme by a woman who claimed to have a business partner in Nigeria who needed help. Out of loneliness, he struck up what he thought was a romantic online relationship with the woman, Lazo wrote.
Kennard pleaded guilty in December to unlawfully transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars laundered through his credit union to financial accounts in China. Lazo said Kennard never met his co-conspirators and did not know where the funds he transferred originated.
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