A New York woman is facing Federal charges on allegations that she had a hand in a criminal enterprise that preyed on the finances of the elderly.
The 73-year-old woman is accused of providing list-brokerage services for others who used those contact lists to deliver fraudulent notices of winning a nonexistent prize or of providing a complimentary psychic reading. Investigators say she sold the lists to such individuals for over a decade before her arrest.
The lists allegedly provided by the defendant allowed others to defraud untold numbers of people by claiming that prize money or other non-existent services would be provided to the victims after paying a certain fee.
The defendant allegedly worked for the list-brokerage beginning in 2005. Her tenure at the firm ended in the fall of 2016, and investigators say they discovered her involvement with the illicit-business as a result of reviewing documents seized at the time in a search by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch obtained an injunction to prevent the firm from offering astrology-related services at that time as well.
The New York native was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and multiple counts of wire fraud last week in the court of Magistrate Judge William Garkfinkel of the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Each count carries a maximum sentence of two decades in Federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss from the offense.
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