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Monday, April 2, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Five-Year Prison Term
In Fraud Scheme That Targeted Area Women
– Defendant Posed as a Wealthy NFL Player to Win Confidence, Cash -
WASHINGTON - Maurice Carter, 30, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges stemming from a scheme in which he swindled women after claiming that he was a wealthy pro football player, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Carter pled guilty in January 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of fraud, attempted robbery, theft and failure to appear in court. He was sentenced on March 28, 2012, by the Honorable Judge Robert I. Richter. Judge Richter ordered Carter to pay a total of $11,000 to three victims of his crimes.
According to the government’s evidence, from approximately July 2010 until January 2011, Carter cheated one woman out of $400 and another out of $600. In addition, he engaged in a protracted fraud against a third victim, leading her to spend more than $30,000 on hotel stays, restaurant meals, and expenses over a period of more than two months.
Posing as a football player, Carter induced loans from the victims by promising he would pay them back and share his supposedly extravagant lifestyle with them. However, he never intended to repay them, and never had the means to do so. To get the victims’ money, Carter typically would state that his wallet was in his luxury car, which he said was being borrowed by another famous football player, and that he needed the women to give him a loan or pay for expenses until the wallet was returned. Carter talked the women into paying for hotel rooms, meals, and other items, all under the false promise that he would pay them back with interest.
When Carter met a fourth victim in January, 2011, and talked her into withdrawing $500 from an ATM for him, she became suspicious and refused to give him the money. Carter became angry and used force to take the money from her, pulling her out of the driver’s seat of her car and snatching the money from her.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to bring charges related to three other women who had been victimized in similar fashion.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the excellent work of Metropolitan Police Detectives Kim Crosby and Thomas Smith. He also expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Scruggs and Tom Bednar, who prosecuted the case, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Cormac Connor, who investigated the case.