Crime

Rock Hill woman admits to role in $50K fraud; scammers posed as IRS workers

Observer file

A Rock Hill woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court Wednesday, after she was accused of working with co-conspirators in India to defraud people across the country.

E’Shella Calhoun, 52, has not yet been sentenced, according to a statement from United States Attorney Beth Drake.

Victims were contacted by conspirators, who pretended to be officials with the Internal Revenue Serivce, the statement says.

The victims were instructed to wire money to a South Carolina bank account in Calhoun’s name, Drake said.

The statement says Calhoun and associates would go to the banks the same day the money was deposited and withdraw the full amount. The group receieved about $50,000.

Other times, the group would instruct victims to buy gift cards, the statement says. Surveillance video shows that Calhoun redeemed thousands of dollars from gift cards, the statement says.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy is imprisonment for five years and a fine of $250,000, Drake said.

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