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      Investors getting $2.5M from '3 Hebrew Boys' scam

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More investors are getting back some of the money they entrusted to a trio now serving decades in prison for an $80 million scam.

      Court-appointed receiver Beattie Ashmore said Thursday he's making a distribution of $2.5 million to people victimized by the "3 Hebrew Boys."

      In May 2012, the first allotment of $19 million was distributed to more than 4,000 people who said they were fleeced by Joseph Brunson, Tony Pough and Timothy McQueen.

      The men drew their nickname from a Biblical tale about two believers in God who survived being tossed into a fiery furnace because of their faith.

      Convicted in 2009 on dozens of counts including mail fraud and money laundering, all three are serving decades in prison.

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      Online: www.3hbreceiver.com

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