Montreal man sentenced to 30 months in prison for organizing a contest and defrauding the lottery targeting the elderly | USAO-MDPA

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Intermediate District of Pennsylvania announced that on May 4, 2022, Itcace Abramovici, 72, of Montreal, Quebec, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the District Court Judge. U.S. District Christopher C. Conner following his conviction for conspiracy to commit mail and telegraph fraud. Judge Conner also ordered Abramovici to compensate the victims in the amount of $461,886.49 and to serve one year of probation after his release from prison.

According to U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus, Abramovici played a leading role in a Montreal-based telemarketing and money laundering organization that targeted elderly victims in the United States, including those living in the center of the city. Pennsylvania. Abramovici and his co-conspirators informed potential victims that they had won a substantial sum of money in a lottery or contest, then ordered those victims to send money in order to obtain their winnings. The victims’ payments were falsely labeled 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 over $460,000 in victim losses attributed to Abramovici’s role in the fraud, and with victims of the fraud losing more than $460,000. off over $1.3 million. As part of his guilty plea, Abramovici admitted to playing a leading role in the scheme. The investigation that led to Abramovici’s prosecution identified at least 17 individual victims.

The matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service – Harrisburg Office. Assistant United States Attorney Christian T. Haugsby prosecuted the case.

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