Security authorities finally caught the psychic mail fraudster, who conducted the scheme for 20 years! The Canadian man fooled millions of Americans using his fake act.
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According to Eurasia Review‘s latest report, the scammer was extradited to the United States. The Department of Justice and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that the scammer made his first appearance in federal court in Central Islip, New York, previously on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
The eater District of New York filed Patrice Runner, the 54-year-old scammer, with charges of mail and wire fraud on October 25, 2018. His crimes include conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
“The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch is committed to investigating and prosecuting transnational criminal schemes that target elderly and vulnerable Americans,” said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, via News Week.
Canadian psychic scammer stole millions of dollars
The psychic mail scammer was able to fool millions of U.S. residents for the past 20 years, stealing more than $180 million. The previous scam involved the Canadian man and co-conspirators.
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They were sending nearly identical letters to their victims, especially the old people. The authorities claimed that the other two famous French psychics extracted money from the victims in exchange for supernatural happiness and wealth.
According to the claims of the investigators, the scammers traded and rented the mailing lists of their victims from other fraud schemes.
How long did it last
The psychic mail fraud began in 1994 and lasted until November 2014. Runner’s mail fraud scheme was able to victimize millions of Americans.
The U.S. authorities explained that the scheme allegedly involved sending millions of letters to United States consumers. These emails claim that a psychic had seen a personalized vision regarding the victim of the letter. However, the letters are all identical, which means that all the victims were given the same answers or messages.
When an American consumer accepts the letter, the fraudster will then follow up dozens of additional letters to the victim.
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