FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - December 15, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today CARL J. BOYER, 70, formerly of Wendell, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to five counts of mail fraud.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 27, 2008. According to the Indictment, from January, 2005, to August, 2008, BOYER defrauded over 500 individuals out of over $345,000 in money and stamps. BOYER, using three different schemes entitled the “$8 Program”, the “555 Ministry Plan”, and the “$1200 Profit Guaranteed in Weeks Program,” solicited, via mailings, money and/or stamps from individuals with a promise of them receiving money in return.
As stated in the Indictment, the “$8 Program” advertised that the victims could turn $8 into $80, $800 or $8,000 and that each member would get paid every Friday.
The Indictment further states that the “555 Ministry Plan” involved BOYER posing as “Brother Ben,” a full-time minister, who solicited that by making a $5 donation to the plan five times, they would receive approximately $70,000 in the mail within a week.
Finally, the Indictment explains the “$1200 Profit Guaranteed in Weeks Program” in which BOYER, using the business name ITI, Inc., solicited individuals for four $15 postal money orders and 50 first class stamps. ITI, Inc., then guaranteed a $15 postal money order would be mailed to the individual until $1,260 was earned.
Mr. Holding stated, “This defendant developed a blatant scheme to defraud people by offering ‘opportunities’ that looked to good to be true and which preyed upon peoples’ good will and faith. But, as we’ve said many times before advertisements that look very appealing and offer a quick and easy way to make money too good to be true.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecutor for the government.
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