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Bellefonte woman accused of fake lottery winning scheme

WILLIAMSPORT — A Centre County woman has been accused of being part of a conspiracy that duped people who thought they had won a lottery out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mildred Hoy of the Bellefonte area was charged Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. She has signed an agreement to plead guilty and make full restitution.

Between December 2019 and January 2021 she is accused of persuading people who believed they had won a lottery to send her money to “unlock” their winnings.

Hoy is alleged to have received on multiple occasions bulk cash by the mail, FedEx and United Parcel Service, repackage it and send it to a co-conspirator in Texas.

She also is accused of using an ATM in the State College area to purchase Bitcoins that she deposited in an account of another co-conspirator.

The criminal information states Hoy received more than $183,250 from 27 individuals in amounts ranging from $1,200 to $22,000. Amounts received are not listed for 13 of the victims.

She is accused of sending a total of $461,650 on 21 occasions to the co-conspirator in Texas and making Bitcoin deposits totaling $27,610 into the account of the other co-conspirator

No one else in this area has been charged, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur said.

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