Two Jamaican men plead guilty to international fraud scheme in the United States

Two Jamaican men, Maurice and Derrick Levy, face up to 20 years in prison after confessing their involvement in an international telemarketing fraud scheme that defrauded many elderly and vulnerable victims in the United States out of more than $9million .

According to court documents, Maurice Levy, 51, and Derrick Levy, 54, both Jamaican, admitted that between July 2008 and September 2016 they worked in call centers in Costa Rica that defrauded victims in the States. -United.

Derrick Levy and Maurice Levy admitted to concealing their physical location using voice-over-IP technology, which enabled them to give victims phone numbers which, although bearing US area codes, actually answered in call centers in Costa Rica.

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Both men further admitted that they called people in the United States, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable, and falsely claimed that they had won a prize in a raffle but had to pay a fee before the awarding of the prize. In truth, such a prize did not exist.

Once a victim had made an initial payment for the costs, the men and their co-conspirators continued to call the victim, falsely claiming that a mistake had been made and that the victim had in fact won a prize of a higher amount, or a problem. had taken place and the victim had to pay an additional fee to claim the prize.

The US Department of Justice said many victims sent tens of thousands of dollars to the men and their accomplices in response to those calls.

During the scheme, they fraudulently obtained over $9,400,000 from the victims, which was used to continue operating the call centers and for the personal benefit of the co-conspirators.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, IRS-CI and the FBI, with assistance from the Federal Trade Commission, Homeland Security Investigations and of the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. The International Affairs Office of the Ministry of Justice and the Costa Rican authorities also provided assistance.

Maurice Levy pleaded guilty on June 29 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and will be sentenced at a later date. Derrick Levy pleaded guilty on January 25 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and will be sentenced on September 28.