LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland man is behind bars on Tuesday for uploading videos of an elaborate marijuana growing operation that ultimately led investigators to an even bigger moneymaking scheme.

Prosecutors said Kenneth Lucas II, 27, used the pot as a secondary stream of revenue to fund an international “phishing” scam that reportedly netted up to $1 million in cash.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports Lucas ran the U.S. arm of an global cybercrime ring that emailed millions of phony requests for money to people on the Internet.

“Operation Phish Phry” targeted hackers in Egypt that worked with U.S. accomplices to illegally access the accounts of those who responded to the requests. The funds were then transferred to a fraudulent account.

Lucas pleaded guilty to 49 counts of bank & wire fraud and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Comments (8)
  1. Jo Weedosn says:

    Wow thats like totally insane dude, can you imagine? Wow.


  2. mojo says:

    See how pot rots your brain?

    1. Dirk says:

      I would argue that he must be fairly smart to help run all that.

      And…. nothing says he was smoking it.

      If it was legal, he wouldn’t have been doing this, or at least not using Pot to fund it.

    2. Lenny Fisher says:

      How can you make an ignorant comment like that? The man is a thieve and the pot was the lure you morron.

  3. Kenneth J Lucas I says:

    Your story is full of errors. This reporter is reporting the story how she wasnts to and not the facts. If you would like I can correct the mistakes but that is not mt job it is yours.

    1. bounce says:

      Parenting fail?

  4. Jeffro says:

    Is this the same Kenneth Lucas who was caught having sex with a neighbor’s dog? Damn, kid has got issues. Anyone who steals money from hard working people by scamming them is a piece of s h i t. I hope he gets s o d o m i z e d in prison every day.

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