Closed Criminal Division Cases
United States v. Elliot Phillip Rosenberg
Court Docket Number: 3:14-cr-00121-MOC-DCK (W.D. of North Carolina)
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, at United States Courthouse, 401 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Criminal Charges: On June 17, 2014, Elliot Phillip Rosenberg, a citizen of the United States and a legal foreign resident of Costa Rica and the owner and manager of two sweepstakes telemarketing call centers in Costa Rica, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud (Count 1: 18 U.S.C. § 1349), two counts of mail fraud (Counts 2 & 3: 18 U.S.C. § 1341), seven counts of wire fraud (Counts 4-10: 18 U.S.C. § 1343), one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering (Count 11: 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h)), and six counts of international money laundering (Count 12-17: 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(2)(A)), all in connection with a Costa Rican telemarketing fraud scheme.
According to the indictment, beginning in or about 2010, Rosenberg owned and managed one or more call centers in Costa Rica engaged in a sweepstakes scheme directed at individuals residing in the United States. Rosenberg and his co-conspirators fraudulently induced victims to pay thousands of dollars by falsely representing that the victims had won valuable prizes. Rosenberg and his co-conspirators would continue to call and insist that additional payments be made for new fees until an individual either ran out of money or discovered the fraudulent nature of the scheme.
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If you elect to obtain counsel to represent your interests, please have your attorney notify this office in writing at: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Bond Building, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20530, Attention: Victim Witness Unit; fax: (202) 514-3708; or email: email@example.com. If you elect not to retain counsel to represent your interests, you do not need to do anything.
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