For most people in Texas, winning the lottery would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, however, the chances of doing so are slim. In fact, officials claim that several people were notified that they had won the lottery as part of a scam. These claims have led to federal charges against a woman in Texas.
The case reportedly involves a 75-year-old woman, now a defendant. Officials say that the woman was part of a scheme that took place over the course of two years. The scheme allegedly consisted of telling people that they had won the lottery, but they needed to send money to claim their winnings.
The elderly Texas woman is believed to have deposited the money that these people sent into a bank account that was under her control. Other people allegedly involved in the scheme could then access the funds in Jamaica with a debit card. The woman faces multiple charges as a result of the allegations against her, including wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
If convicted of the federal charges filed against her, the Texas woman could be sentenced to decades in prison. Because of the seriousness and the complexity of the charges against her, she may not feel that she has the information necessary to make informed decisions about her case. Even though those charged with crimes are presumed innocent and the requirements for conviction are high, responding to the presented evidence is often overwhelming for many defendants. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help.