Georgia man gets 5 years in prison for debt collection fraud

November 10, 2016 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a debt collection fraud that cheated 6,000 victims nationwide.

John Todd Williams was sentenced Thursday by federal Judge Richard Sullivan. Prosecutors say he cheated victims out of millions of dollars through his Norcross, Georgia-based company.

The 50-year-old Williams was convicted at trial of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in July. Prosecutors said he and his employees tricked and coerced victims into making payments to his debt collection company by making false threats and telling lies.

The government said the scam was run from 2009 through May 2014 through his company, Williams, Scott & Associates, also known as Warrant Services Association.

Williams was also ordered to pay over $3.9 million in restitution to his victims.