Montreal Man Sentenced To 30 Months’ Imprisonment For Leading A Sweepstakes And Lottery Fraud Targeting The Elderly
HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on May 4, 2022, Itcace Abramovici, age 72, of Montreal, Quebec, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner following his conviction for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Judge Conner also ordered Abramovici to make restitution to victims in the amount of $461,886.49, and to serve one year of supervised release following his release from prison.
According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Abramovici played a leadership role in a Montreal-based telemarketing and money laundering organization that targeted elderly victims in the United States, including those living in central Pennsylvania. Abramovici and his co-conspirators informed prospective victims that they had won a substantial amount of money in a lottery or sweepstakes and then directed those victims to send money in order to obtain their winnings. The victims’ payments were falsely characterized as taxes, customs fees, processing fees, and legal and insurance fees. None of the victims received any money, and many of their losses were substantial, with more than $460,000 in victim losses being attributed to Abramovici’s role in the fraud, and with losses to victims of the broader fraud at more than $1.3 million. As part of his guilty plea, Abramovici admitted to playing a leadership role in the scheme. The investigation that led to Abramovici’s prosecution identified at least 17 individual victims.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service – Harrisburg Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian T. Haugsby prosecuted the case.
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