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German Citizen Charged in New Jersey for Involvement in Plot to Defraud Elderly Victims of Over $10 Million

scott-rodgerson-owZA77rRAic-unsplash-300x200A German man has been indicted in New Jersey for his alleged involvement in a massive mail fraud scheme targeting elderly and vulnerable victims with fraudulent solicitations from psychics.

The indictment charges Georg Ingenbleek, 54, of Germany with four counts of money laundering, two counts of mail fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

According to the indictment, the accused used a Switzerland-based company called Regency Direct Marketing AG for his mass mailing campaigns. From 2011 to 2016, he allegedly created and sent out several mail solicitations that were supposedly from famous psychics. The letters claimed the recipients had been the subject of specific visions by the psychics, including visions of them receiving large sums of money and good fortune.

The indictment claims the letters were actually mass-produced using information the German provided to an unnamed direct mail marketing services company in Piscataway, New Jersey, which he hired to print and mail the letters on his behalf.

The letters falsely promised that the psychic services offered were free of charge. However, the accused reportedly directed a second company to send billing notices to the same recipients, which stated that they owed money for psychic services. The notices were labeled as “invoices” and “collection notices” in order to make the victims believe they owed late payment fees. They falsely stated the victim would be referred to a “collection agency” and face legal action if they did not send payment, usually between $20 to $50. The accused was able to obtain more than $10 million from the victims through this mailing campaign, the indictment claims.

In response to federal investigations into the alleged scheme, he allegedly directed representatives at the two New Jersey companies he used to send the mail and invoices to destroy all materials related to the campaign.

“You cannot wait! I advise you urgently to get rid of the material! Use your own car, rent a truck, start today, work all weekend,” read one of the emails, dated September 23, 2016, that the accused sent to a representative of the invoicing company.

If convicted, the accused faces a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of mail fraud and obstruction. The money laundering counts each carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that the charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the German is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Defending against fraud charges is not easy, which is why it is imperative for a defendant to hire a competent defense attorney who has tried and tested ways of handling such cases. Given how severe the penalties for mail fraud, obstruction, and money laundering are, a defendant will need an experienced attorney who can properly analyze the evidence and produce a realistic assessment of the defendant’s chances of winning at trial.

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Source: 7.23.20 German citizen charged with orchestrating mail fraud scheme defrauding elderly victims.pdf

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