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Paul Anthony Vasquez of Santa Clarita pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bakersfield to federal charges of money laundering, mail and wire fraud in connection with a debt collection agency scam he ran in Bakersfield, Monrovia and Anaheim.

Vasquez, 27, is the second Santa Clarita resident and the third defendant overall to face charges relating to the collection agency that operated under the names Maxwell, Turner & Associates and Stanley, Morgan & Associates Inc., with aliases including Nationwide Legal Support, Free Skiptracing on All Accounts, and Timely Remittances.

Stefan Lemar Miller, 32, of Santa Clarita was sentenced in November to six years and nine months, while Darrian Jeffrey Summers, 41, of Taft got eight years for the scheme that bilked $2.7 million from customers of clients.

Witnesses identified Vasquez as the mastermind of the operation, which saw telemarketers contact debtors and arrange payments that the client companies never received.

Vasquez is due to be sentenced in late April. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

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