Phenix City man sentenced 10+ years for debt elimination scheme

Phenix City man sentenced 10+ years for debt elimination scheme

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) - Bradford Lamar Daley of Phenix City, Ala., was sentenced to 121 months in prison for engaging in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax fraud, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama on Thursday, April 9.

In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Daley to pay more than $5.8 million.

Between 2005 and 2011, Daley solicited individuals who were heavily burdened by debt to pay between $2,500 and $5,000 for debt elimination services.

In exchange for the payment, Daley promised to assume and eliminate the victims' unsecured debt, including credit card debt, signature loans, business loans, student loans and personal loans. These debts were not eliminated as promised.

Records showed that Daley and others working with him collected more than $6 million from more than 2,900 victims nationwide.

"This scheme targeted hard-working people trying to better their future and scammed them by turning their dreams into a financial nightmare," said Adrian Gonzalez, United States Postal Inspector in Charge, Houston Division. "As part of the mission of United States Postal Inspection Service to protect Postal Service customers, this sentence sends out the message that debt elimination scammers can be brought to face justice for their crimes."

"The debt-elimination scheme orchestrated by Bradford Daley and others was fueled by greed and deceit," stated IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica F. Hyman-Pillot. "Many victims across the United States were exploited as a result of Bradford Daley's personal agenda to increase his financial wealth. The magnitude of the tax loss to the government and the financial loss to other victims is appalling. IRS-CI will not hesitate to investigate similar illegal activity that promotes selfish gain."

"I want to thank the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the IRS for their tireless work on this case," stated George L. Beck, U.S. Attorney. "This district is lucky to have such capable agencies protecting the victims of financial crimes. What this defendant did was deplorable and this sentence and money judgment is justice served."

The case was investigated by the Inspectors at the United States Postal Inspection Service, and Special Agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation Division and IRS-Special Enforcement Programs. U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gray Borden prosecuted the case.

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