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Consumer debt con man to pay $3.2 million in restitution

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Pasco man who scammed over 1,300 people is sentenced to pay $3.2 million in restitution and serve time in federal prison.

Thursday a hearing took place in Yakima's Federal Courthouse for a massive consumer debt reduction scam. Jason Paul Christensen conned people by claiming to have a way to clear their debt. Victims from 19 states, including Washington, paid money to Christensen in his elaborate money laundering scam.  

Investigators have this advice for consumers.

"You know trust your gut a lot on these types of schemes, you know if you just feel this sounds too good to be true it probably is," said Kenneth Hines, special agent, IRS Criminal Investigation.

Christensen ran his scheme with several web sites and through a post office box in Richland. On top of restitution payments Christensen will spend nine years in federal prison, then three years of supervised release.