Samuel Cole, 44, of Larimer, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud after federal investigators found that he sold nearly $2 million in fake magazine subscriptions.
Using a variety of companies based in Pittsburgh, Mr. Cole sent associates door to door, instructing them to pretend to be "impoverished, a student, a single parent, or a criminal who was starting over in life," according to U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office. His associates sometimes claimed that parts of the proceeds of the sales went to charities, according to Mr. Hickton's press release, which indicated that 30,000 victims were identified nationwide.
U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill set sentencing for Aug. 5.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.