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FRIDAY - March 20, 2009

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 18, 2009, CARL J. BOYER, 70, formerly of Wendell, North Carolina, was sentenced before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release on five counts of mail fraud. Restitution in the amount of $56,771.47 was imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 27, 2008. On December 15, 2008, he pled guilty. According to the investigation, 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.

The investigation revealed that 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 investigation further revealed 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. 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 vulnerable Americans by offering ‘opportunities’ that looked enticing and preyed upon the victims' trust. But, as we’ve said many times before, investment solicitations that look too good to be true are not true, and should be avoided. That, however, in no way excuses the perpetrator."

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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