Ashley-Ann Eathel Frazer of Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested on 7 July for her alleged involvement in a sweepstakes scam that collectively cost four women $240,000. Frazer, 26, faces charges for money laundering, obtaining property by fraud, and exploitation of the elderly. Bond for Frazer is set at $250,000, and she is required to provide proof that the source of her bond is legitimate. Frazer told the judge at her bond hearing that she intends to hire a private attorney to represent her.
According to the police report, four women from Hawaii, Oregon, California, and Texas were told they had won a car from Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes by an unidentified stranger who was ”very smooth” on the phone. The women, one of whom is over 80 years old, were told they had to pay delivery fees and taxes if they wanted to receive their prize. Believing the scam, the four women collectively sent $240,000 to the scammer and received nothing in return.