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7 guilty in $2M lottery fraud

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NEW YORK — Seven people have pleaded guilty in a lottery telemarketing fraud that U.S. prosecutors say bilked mostly elderly victims out of an estimated $2 million.

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Tuesday the seven — all residents of Israel — carried out the fraud in 2007 and 2008.

Lior Orgad, David Yamin, and Mor Galanti pleaded guilty in New York, while Guy Mayo, Elad Mayo, Asi Almakias and Yaniv Kalbers entered guilty pleas March 15, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.

Prosecutors said the defendants purchased from list brokers the names and contact information of U.S. residents who subscribed to sweepstakes lotteries, and then falsely notified hundreds of prospective victims they had won substantial cash prizes but would need to pay fees and taxes before they could collect their purported winnings.

All seven defendants had been arrested in Israel in September 2008 and were extradited to the United States in November 2010. An eighth defendant, Shai Kadosh, is currently a fugitive, prosecutors said.

Guy Mayo, Elad Mayo, Almakias and Orgad face as much as 20 years in prison. Kalbers, Yamin and Galanti gave prisons terms of as much as five years. In addition, each defendants agreed to forfeit about $1.9 million, the Justice Department said.

"These defendants bet that they would strike it rich by preying upon some of America's most vulnerable citizens — the elderly — but they gambled and lost," Bharara said.

UPI

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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Posted: March 23, 2011, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

What a bunch of dummies.

Don't they know that only state officials can run lottery scams and get away with it?

And government officials don't like competition. These guys are toast.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

 

 

    joshuacloak's avatar - Money Swim-uncle-scrooge-mcduck-35997717-677-518.jpg

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    Posted: March 23, 2011, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

    whoever hands their money over voluntary/willing deserves to be robbed blind,     the stupid and their money are soon parted ways.

    but these crooks deserve the death penalty in my book also  , if their the ones i seen in lottery changed my life shows type's

    they started using death threats phone calls and other downright crossing the line ways to scare their stupid victims silly.

    anyone with  Evil intent to rob people out of their money, needs to be Dealt with in a xtreme way

    the only way to stop future crooks is to Show current crooks we catch No mercy , ruthless Justice.

      hennybogan's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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      Posted: March 23, 2011, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

      Just like P.T. Barnum once said, "THERE'S A SUCKER ON EVERY CORNER."

        Ephesians 3:20


        mayhem's avatar - 142g5yd
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        Posted: March 23, 2011, 3:30 pm - IP Logged

        Nobody deserves to be maliciously duped.

         

        That said, I did have some fun with these scammers. They tried to target an ebay listing I had up by telling me to cash some checks they sent me. lol. I gladly accepted. I got the checks in the mail a week or so later. Very badly forged checks by-the-way. I told the guy I cashed them and was keeping the money. lol. He got so angry that over the next 4 weeks he e-mailed me back dozens of times yelling and threatening about how he was going to contact the FBI. I begged him to contact the FBI. It was hilarious toying with him. At the end I told him I had "friends" in Lagos that would do him dirty if he didn't send me a steady stream of checks to cash.

        How you do anything is how you do everything.

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
          Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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          Posted: March 23, 2011, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

          Just like P.T. Barnum once said, "THERE'S A SUCKER ON EVERY CORNER."

          Yeah.

          Or like Herbert Hoover once said: "A CHICKEN IN EVERY SLOW-COOKER."


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

           

           

            dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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            Posted: March 23, 2011, 7:17 pm - IP Logged

            I agree, nobody deserves to be duped, young or old. It's a moral issue of what's right and what's wrong. Would they do this scamming to their own elderly family members? If yes is the answer; all hope is lost, and the family should disown or disinherit them, period.

            See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

              tiggs95's avatar - Lottery-036.jpg

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              Posted: March 23, 2011, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

              They always seem to pick on old people...like ridge...

                                                                        Pure luck

                sully16's avatar - sharan
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                Posted: March 23, 2011, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

                These guys are human garbage, hope they catch the last bag of trash.

                Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

                                                            From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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                  Posted: March 23, 2011, 10:03 pm - IP Logged

                  I sure would like to Bash!!!!!!!

                    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                    Posted: March 23, 2011, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

                    These guys probably thought no one would look for them in Israel since such scams are usually associated with Nigerians.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
                                 Evil Looking       

                      hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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                      Posted: March 24, 2011, 7:21 am - IP Logged

                      Twitch just my .02 ...... but I tink in some cases like this

                       

                      we need to deal with these "wastes of flesh" the old fashion way

                      take yer pick http://www.medievality.com/torture.html