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KSP Investigates Scam

Date of News Release: 04/09/20

Providence, KY (Webster County) - On April 2, 2008, the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville was contacted by a victim of a scam. KSP Detective Daniel Morck began the investigation.

Through the course of Det. Morck's investigation, the following was discovered:
On March 31, 2008, the suspect unlawfully sent a letter to the victim from Prize America (PCH), P.O. Box 7660 Las Vegas, NV 30003 (which is a fictitious company) stating that the victim had won $75,000. There was a fraudulent check from Bertlesmann Direct North America, Chase Manhattan Bank Delaware enclosed for $4,850 which the victim deposited into his account on March 31, 2008. The victim contacted the phone number that was on the letter that he received to speak with an accounts manager about his winnings. The victim was instructed to send $2,850 via Money Gram to Baltimore, Maryland to the company's attorney for taxes and attorney fees. On April 1, 2008, the victim sent the $2,850 as he was instructed to do. On April 2, 2008, the company contacted the victim and advised that the money had been received, but he would need to send an additional $1,200 for more taxes and attorney fees. The victim then became suspicious and contacted the Kentucky State Police.

On April 4, 2008, Det. Morck was able to locate the suspect in Olney, Maryland. The suspect, Sam Riley age 33 of Brentwood, Maryland, was taken into custody by the Montgomery County Police. At the present time, Mr. Riley is in custody in Montgomery County Maryland. The Kentucky State Police hold warrants on Mr. Riley for the following charges:

  1. Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $300 (D Felony)
  2. Theft by Deception (D Felony)
  3. Issuing a False Financial Statement (D Felony)
  4. Operating a Front Company (D Felony)
  5. False Advertising (A Misdemeanor)

The Kentucky State Police want to inform the public of this scam, so others do not fall victim to it. To find out information on other scams, you may visit the FBI website at

A copy of the scam letter, click here to open in a new window

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