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Thank you for reading! Julie Keller, 55, of Phelps Road was arrested and charged with mail fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Assistant U. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, said that Keller, between and August, was working as a money mule for various internet based scams, accepting and re-directing thousands of dollars to Africa.
During that time, she had s closed by at least five different national and local banks due to suspicious cash, check, money order, and wire activity. A detective was investigating a report of a person who believed she had been defrauded in relation to a rental property listed on the online classified site, Craigslist.
The victim in June had replied to an advertisement for an available apartment for rent and, ultimately agreed to rent a property listed on their local Craigslist site. All communication between the supposed landlord and the victim was completed via text message. The supposed landlord instructed the person to send the money order to Julie Keller in Corfu, New York, who was identified as an ant.
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After the victim made the down payments as instructed, the person listing the property ceased all contact, and the property was never secured or occupied by the victim. The victim provided a of screen shots from her cellular telephone, depicting her text communications with the individual who had listed the rental property.
Subsequent investigation determined that other individuals sent the defendant down payments for the rental property listed on Craigslist. Records indicated Keller had been either deceptive or unresponsive when questioned by bank personnel about the nature of her transactions. Her activities included the use of national and local banks, as well as Western Union and MoneyGram. Keller made an initial appearance before U.
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