SIX DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY TELEMARKETING FRAUD SCHEME

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
JULY 1, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON,

Scheme Run By Israeli Residents Preyed on Elderly Victims
In The United States
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that six defendants
extradited from Israel — GUY MAYO, ELAD MAYO, ASI ALMAKIAS, LIOR
ORGAD, DAVID YAMIN, and MOR GALANTI — were sentenced yesterday
for their participation in a lottery telemarketing fraud scheme
through which they stole approximately $2 million from elderly
victims in the United States between 2007 and September 2008.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced the defendants to
the following prison terms: 108 months for GUY MAYO; 78 months
for ELAD MAYO; 72 months for ASI ALMAKIAS; 60 months for LIOR
ORGAD; 37 months for MOR GALANTI; and 33 months for DAVID YAMIN.
According to Indictments and an Information previously
filed in Manhattan federal court:
The defendants participated in a phoney “lottery prize”
scheme that targeted hundreds of victims, mostly elderly,
throughout the United States. The defendants identified victims
by purchasing the names and contact information of U.S. residents
who subscribed to sweepstakes lotteries from list brokers. They
then contacted the victims and solicited information about their
finances by falsely telling them that they had won a substantial
cash prize, and that they would receive it as soon as they paid
the necessary fees and taxes. In reality, there was no lottery
prize, and the victims were collectively defrauded out of
approximately $2 million.
All six defendants were provisionally arrested in
Israel in September 2008 and extradited to the United States in
early November 2010.
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In addition to the prison terms, Judge KAPLAN sentenced
each of the defendants to two years of supervised release. He
also imposed an order of forfeiture in the amount of
approximately $1.9 million and a special assessment of $100 on
each defendant.
In sentencing the defendants, Judge KAPLAN described
the criminal scheme in which each defendant participated as a
“truly terrible and horrifying crime” that “preyed on people who,
for the most part, are unable to defend themselves.” Judge
KAPLAN stated that significant prison sentences were warranted
because, among other reasons, such fraudulent schemes committed
from abroad are “of a character that is epidemic,” and must be
deterred.
A seventh defendant, YANIV KALBERS, will be sentenced
by Judge KAPLAN on July 25, 2011, at 3:00 p.m.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the FBI
and the Tel Aviv Fraud Division of the Israel National Police.
He also thanked the Office of International Affairs of the United
States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division; the Department
of International Affairs within the Office of the State Attorney
in the Ministry of Justice for the State of Israel; and the Tel
Aviv District Attorney’s Office, for their cooperation in the
investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Organized
Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys AVI WEITZMAN and STEVE C.
LEE are in charge of the prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney
MICHAEL LOCKARD is in charge of the forfeiture aspects of the
case.
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