Jamaican Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Lottery Scam
Defrauded Elderly Victims of More Than $65,000
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jeragh Powell, age 26, a citizen of Jamaica and former resident of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino to serve 41 months in prison for his participation in a Jamaica-based lottery scam that targeted elderly victims.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Shelly A. Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division.
As part of his August 1, 2016 guilty plea, Powell admitted to working with his wife Kimberly Powell, a co-defendant, and others, to mail false lottery prize notifications to mostly elderly people located throughout the United States. The fraudulent prize notifications letters congratulated the victims on winning a recent drawing and instructed them to pay tens of thousands of dollars in “fees and taxes” and “shipping and handling” in order to receive their purported prize money and cars. Members of the conspiracy located in Jamaica also communicated with the victims by telephone, directing them to make payments to people in the United States.
Jeragh Powell and his wife Kimberly, age 37, of Schenectady, received more than $65,000 from victims of the scheme, and forwarded a large portion of the proceeds to Jeragh Powell’s associates in Jamaica. Kimberly Powell pled guilty to mail fraud charges on August 3, 2016, and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 23, 2017.
This case was investigated by the USPIS, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Schenectady Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.