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Man sentenced in connection with $20M found in the box spring

BOSTON – A Brazilian man arrested in connection with the discovery of about $20 million in cash hidden in a box spring in a Massachusetts apartment has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison.

Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October to money laundering charges.

The money was found in Westborough in January 2017, during an investigation into TelexFree, Inc., a defunct internet telecom company that prosecutors say was actually a billion-dollar pyramid scheme.

Prosecutors say TelexFree had a few customers and the majority of its revenue from people buying into the company with a promise of the payouts for placing online ads.

The authorities say that the 28-year-old Rocha is a courier for a fugitive TelexFree executive who came to pick the money move of the USA.

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