Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Elderly in Telemarketing Scheme
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ricky Miller, Sr., 55, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a telemarketing scheme before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Miller worked with a group based in Jamaica that ran a bogus sweepstakes telemarketing scheme. The scheme, which targeted the elderly, involved calling victims with news that they had won a sweepstakes prize or lottery. The victims were then asked for money in order to release the purported winnings. The defendant agreed to act as a point of contact in the United States to receive money from the victims which he then forwarded to Jamaica after taking a substantial cut for himself. Victims sent approximately $300,000 to Miller during the course of the scheme.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector In Charge Kevin Niland of the Boston Division.