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BOSTON, MA - A Montreal man was convicted today in federal court on charges arising from his role in a long running telemarketing scheme, operated from Canada, that targeted victims in the United States and Canada and resulted in losses totaling more than $2.3 million.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division announced today that MITCHELL KARACHINSKY, age 69, of Montreal, Canada, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to conspiracy and mail and wire fraud charges arising from the scheme.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that KARACHINSKY telephoned victims and falsely represented that they would collect large money prizes or lottery winnings if they prepaid fees that needed to be mailed or wired to Canada. The money prizes were nonexistent and none of the victims of the scheme ever received any winnings.

Judge Saris scheduled sentencing for July 21, 2010. KARACHINSKY, who was extradited from Canada for this prosecution, faces up to twenty years imprisonment and deportation.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori J. Holik of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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