Elizabeth Gonzalez of Hollywood, Florida was arrested for her alleged involvement in a $500,000 lottery fraud scheme run by her husband, South Florida musician Delroy Drummond (pictured). Gonzalez, 25, faces wire fraud and conspiracy charges.
After it came to light that Gonzalez was put on bed rest due to complications with her pregnancy, she was released on $100,000 bond. The press did not specify whether Gonzalez has acquired legal representation.
According to federal investigators, Gonzalez’s husband purportedly ran a Jamaican-based telemarketing firm between December and January this year. The firm allegedly called U.S. seniors to falsely inform them that they had won a lottery. Jamaican employees purportedly used U.S. phone numbers to inform victims that they had to wire certain fees before they could claim their fake prize.
Gonzalez was allegedly responsible for receiving the wire transfers from the victims, who lived in New York, North Carolina, Connecticut, and California. She pleaded not guilty to two conspiracy charges and eight counts of wire fraud during a federal court session in Fort Lauderdale last Friday. Prosecutor Randy Katz told news sources that Gonzalez and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have reached a tentative plea agreement that stipulates that Gonzalez pleads guilty within the next few weeks. If convicted, Gonzalez is likely to face a year to 18 months in prison.
Gonzalez’s husband, 26-year-old Drummond, was arrested in January this year and is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for his role in the fake lottery scam. After pleading guilty to the charge, Drummond was ordered to be held without bond. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place this month. If convicted, Drummond faces 20 years in federal prison.