Nine Horry County residents are among ten people facing charges related to a scam that targeted the elderly, said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Nettles said the ten are charged with criminal conspiracy, a charge that carries a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000.
Authorities investigated a complaint alleging a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud that victimized more than 200 people. The scam, according to Nettles, targeted elderly around the country by notifying them of lottery or sweepstakes winnings, but telling them they needed to pay fees in advance to receive the winnings.
Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.
The victims paid more than $1 million to receive the non-existent lottery prizes, Nettles said.
The following are charged with conspiracy:
Wayne Duffus, age 28, formerly of Little River, SC
Rajah Robinson, age 28, Little River, SC
Shadiki Brown, Little River, SC
Lorenzo Samuels, age 27, Riverdale, GA
Davion Bellamy, age 25, Conway, SC
LeGrant Allen, age 29, Little River, SC
Damion McLeish, age 33, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Ann Marie Yapp, age 43, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Denisha Robinson, age 26, Little River, SC
Quashinda Godbolt, age 36, Conway, SC
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.