Schenectady Couple Indicted For Mail Fraud
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jeragh Powell, age 25, and Kimberly Powell, age 37, both of Schenectady, New York, were arraigned today on an indictment charging them with mail fraud in connection with a lottery scheme that targeted elderly victims.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Shelly A. Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.
The indictment alleges that the Powells mailed documents that falsely informed elderly victims that they had won lottery prizes and were required to pay fees and taxes in order to claim their prizes. Members of the conspiracy also called elderly victims with instructions on mailing the payments for sham taxes and fees. Elderly victims sent tens of thousands of dollars to the defendants and their co-conspirators, and the defendants then sent a portion of the payments they received to co-conspirators in Jamaica, Jeragh Powell’s country of citizenship.
The Powells were indicted on January 6, 2016. They face up to 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, if convicted. They were arraigned today before Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel and detained pending their satisfaction of a Court-ordered bond. Their trial is scheduled to take place before District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.