NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police on Monday charged a New Jersey woman accused of taking at least $675,000 from three senior citizens in a lottery scam.
Shanile Lyle, 27, faces up 20 years in prison after she was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey said in a statement.
According to officials, Lyle duped the victims into sending money for “prepaid taxes” in order to collect their non-existent prizes.
Court papers state that in June 2018, Lyle called a 94-year-old Hawaii woman and convinced the woman she won $6 million through the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.
Prosecutors said the victim sent Lyle at least 22 checks totaling over $500,000.
Lyle deposited the checks into her accounts before transferring some of the funds to her unnamed co-conspirators, prosecutors added.
She also convinced, the second victim — a 75-year-old Kentucky woman — into buying cell phones and gift cards, as well as sending Lyle $30,000 in checks after she was convinced she won $2 million and a car, court papers state.
The third victim — an 86-year-old Indiana woman — sent her approximately $20,000 after Lyle had called the woman to inform her that she won "a large sum of money and an an automobile," documents state.
Lyle was released Monday on a $200,000 unsecured bond.