Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-01-13 19:18:20 –
The Justice Department announced today that a Las Vegas resident who participated in a fraudulent prize notification scheme claiming more than $ 9 million in casualties was sentenced to federal prison.
Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the US District Court sentenced Andrea Barrow, 50, to 36 months in prison and then released him under 36 months of surveillance. Judge Navarro also ordered Barrow to confiscate $ 272,000. Barrow convicted in August 2020 of a conspiracy to commit postal fraud based on her participation in a plan to prey on hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable victims in fraudulent prize notices I admitted.
This notice has led victims to believe that they can claim large prizes for a fee of $ 20 to $ 30. This was a mistake. The victim who paid the fee was not worth anything.
Barrow was the first defendant to be sentenced in connection with this plan. Three other individuals – Patti Kern, Edgar Del Rio, and Sean O’Connor – have pleaded guilty to a plot to commit postal fraud in 2019. Following these guilty plea, Burrow was indicted in November 2019 with five accomplices (Mario Castro, Jose Salud Castro). , Salvador Castro, Miguel Castro, Jose Ismendes.
The trial of the remaining five defendants, who are presumed innocent until proved guilty, is currently scheduled for June 7, 2021.
The plan, implemented from 2010 to February 2018, resulted in postal inspectors executing multiple investigation warrants and the Justice Department obtaining a court order to suspend fraudulent postal services.
Complaints and other court complaints printed and mailed by Mario Castro, Jose Salud Castro, Salvador Castro, Miguel Castro, Jose Luis Mendes, and Edgar del Rio. Award notice with Patty Khan, who worked in the business and allegedly shared the benefits from fraud, helped manage the scheme. Sean O’Connor provided laser printing and data processing services for this scheme.
According to the complaint, Barrow opened the victim’s return email, categorized cash and other payments, and entered data from the victim’s response into the database.
The US Post Office investigated the case.
If you or anyone you know is over 60 years old and a victim of financial fraud, assistance awaits at the National Elders Fraud Hotline 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311) I am.
This US Department of Justice hotline, managed by the Crime Victims Office, is an experienced specialist that provides personalized support to callers by assessing victims’ needs and identifying relevant next steps. The house is located. The case manager identifies the appropriate reporting agency, informs the caller to assist in reporting, connects the caller directly to the appropriate agency, and provides resources and referrals on a case-by-case basis.
The report is the first step. Reporting helps authorities identify who has committed fraud and can increase the chances of recovering a particular financial loss due to fraud by reporting it as soon as possible.
The hotline has staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from 6 am to 11 pm EST. English, Spanish and other languages are available.
For more information on the consumer protection department and its enforcement efforts, please visit their website.