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Financial Fraud: Shameer Hassan And Nadine Bromfield Alexander Sentenced For Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud And Money Laundering

Members Of Fraudulent Jamaican Sweepstakes Ring Sentenced For Conspiracy, Money Laundering And Aggravated Identity Theft Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Roy B. Dalton has sentenced Shameer Hassan (45, Kissimmee) and Nadine Bromfield Alexander (39, Orlando) to 10 years and 7 years in federal prison, respectively, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. Hassan was sentenced to an additional 2 years’ imprisonment for money laundering. The court also ordered Hassan and Alexander to pay $150,314 in restitution to the identified victims of the fraud scheme. A federal jury found Hassan and Alexander guilty on November 6, 2018. According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Hassan and Alexander participated in a fraudulent sweepstakes scheme that operated in the Middle District of Florida and Jamaica. Members of the conspiracy targeted victims throughout the United States, many of whom were elderly, and falsely informed them that they had won a multi-million dollar prize in a sweepstakes contest. The conspirators instructed the victims to wire funds to “representatives” in Orlando in order to prepay fees and taxes associated with the prize. Upon receipt of the funds, other members of the conspiracy converted the funds to money orders and cash. They then paid Hassan, who operated several money transfer businesses, to wire the fraud proceeds to Jamaica. Alexander stole the personal identity information belonging to more than 35 individuals from her workplace and gave that information to her co-conspirators. Hassan then used the stolen identity information to launder the funds. In less than two years, Hassan and his co-conspirators transferred $4.7 million in funds, obtained from victims, to conspirators in Jamaica. The court previously sentenced the following members of the conspiracy: Charlton Morris (39, Casselberry) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was […]

Financial Fraud: Bishap Mittal Pleaded Guilty To Conspiracy To Access a Protected Computer And Tech Support Scam

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty For His Role In International “Tech Support Scam” CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte, North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to access a protected computer, for his role in an international “Tech Support Scam” that defrauded hundreds of victims, including seniors, of more than $3 million. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, First Assistant U.S. Attorney William Stetzer for the Western District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong of the FBI Charlotte Field Office, made the announcement. Bishap Mittal, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer. Mittal has been released on bond. A sentencing date has not been set. According to the information and plea agreement, Mittal was part of a conspiracy that carried out an international internet “Tech Support Scam,” by placing fake pop-up ads on victims’ computers to convince them they had a serious computer problem, and to induce them to pay for purported “technical support” services to resolve the issue. Mittal admitted in court today that he and “Individual 1” resided together in Charlotte. Individual 1 was the owner/manager of Capstone Technologies LLC (Capstone), a company headquartered in Charlotte that claimed to provide computer-related services to its customers. Capstone conducted business using several different aliases, including Authenza Solutions LLC, MS-Squad Technologies, MS-Squad.com, MS Infotech, United Technologies, and Reventus Technologies, (collectively, Capstone Technologies). Individual 1, Mittal, and others carried out the tech support scam using a call center located in India, set up to handle “tech support” calls with potential victims. According to the information, pop-up ads were a central part of the conspiracy’s tech support scam. Individual 1 and other co-conspirators purchased blocks of malicious pop-up adware from publishers around the world. The fake pop-ups would suddenly […]

Elder Justice: Daniel Martin Boyar Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud And Timeshare Resale Scam

Leader Of Timeshare Resale Fraud Scam Targeting Elderly Victims Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For $3.37 Million In Losses LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The leader of a large-scale timeshare resale scam was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for defrauding more than 1,000 victims, many of them elderly, out of more than $3.3 million, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada. “Today’s sentence demonstrates law enforcement’s commitment to protecting vulnerable elder populations in Nevada,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich. “Elder fraud and exploitation can have a crippling effect on victims, and federal prosecutors will pursue financial fraudsters who exploit our most vulnerable for personal and financial gain.” Daniel Martin Boyar, aka “Wolf,” 64, of Orlando, Florida, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of wire fraud. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan sentenced Boyar to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $3.37 million in restitution to the victims of the fraud scheme. Between October 2010 to April 2012, Boyar, the admitted leader of the scheme, and his 20 co-conspirators devised and participated in a telemarketing scam to defraud more than 1,000 timeshare owners out of more than $3.3 million dollars. Using stolen data to identify timeshare owners, the defendants promised to sell the timeshares in return for the owner paying in advance half of the costs associated with the purported sales. There were no buyers and the timeshare sales never occurred. This is a common criminal telemarketing scheme known as “the buyer’s pitch.” Boyar was directly responsible for more than $3.3 million in losses to the victims. The scam operated out of Orlando, Florida, under numerous business names including Holiday Advertising, […]
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