Man pleads guilty in scheme to defraud elderly victims

Published 7:30 am Sunday, November 7, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Acdane Campbell, age 25, a resident of Jamaica, pleaded guilty today to a one-count Indictment for Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan.

According to the Indictment, from in or around August 2016, Campbell and others conspired to operate a scheme to obtain money unlawfully by falsely informing elderly victims that they had won a lottery, sweepstakes, or car. The unidentified co-conspirators called the victims and promised that the victims would receive their winnings if they first paid taxes and fees.

After being instructed by the unidentified co-conspirators that they needed to send payments to Campbell, the victims would send their payments electronically through a money services business or in the mail via FedEx or the United States Postal Service. Working as what is known as a “money mule,” Campbell either kept the money that he received from the victims or sent it to unknown persons in Jamaica.

Sentencing is set for February 10, 2022, before Judge Morgan. Campbell faces up to a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $250,000 or twice the gross gain or twice to gross loss to any victim, up to a maximum of 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

If you or someone you know is age 60 or older and has been a victim of financial fraud, help is standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311).  This U.S. Department of Justice hotline, managed by the Office for Victims of Crime, is staffed by experienced professionals who provide personalized support to callers by assessing the needs of the victim, and identifying relevant next steps.  Case managers will identify appropriate reporting agencies, provide information to callers to assist them in reporting, connect callers directly with appropriate agencies, and provide resources and referrals, on a case-by-case basis.  Reporting is the first step.  Reporting can help authorities identify those who commit fraud and reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible can increase the likelihood of recovering losses.

The hotline is staffed seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. eastern time. English, Spanish and other languages are available.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera.