10 people charged for scheme targeting elderly

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Authorities have charged a handful of people from South Carolina with conspiracy after discovering a lottery scam that targeted elderly individuals.

All 10 of those arrested are charged with conspiracy to commit mail or wire fraud. That includes 28-year-old Wayne Duffus, who is currently incarcerated for another crime, 28-year-old Rajah Robinson, Shadiki Brown, 29-year-old LeGrant Allen, 26-year-old Denisha Robinson, all of Little River, 27-year-old Lorenzo Samuels of Riverdale, GA, 25-year-old Davion Bellamy and 36-year-old Quashinda Godbolt of Conway, and 33-year-old Damion McLeish and 43-year-old Ann Maire Yapp of North Myrtle Beach.

The case against this group alleges more 200 elderly Americans were told they had one the lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees in advance to gain those winnings. The victims paid more than $1 million to get that non-existent lottery prizes.

"These individuals stand accused of preying on some of the most vulnerable members in our communities in their callous quest for money," said Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Atlanta.

"We will continue to work with our partners at the US Postal Inspection Service and the US Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agencies to put these criminal enterprises out of business." added Keith A. Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division.

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