Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 4, 2013

Woman charged in PCH prize scam


Staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville woman has been arrested by city police and charged with participating in a fraudulent scheme involving alleged winnings from a Publisher's Clearinghouse drawing.

Betty Jolene Ketchum, 31, 656 Old Mail Rd., Apt. 7, is charged with one count of theft by deception, according to Det. Danny Harris' report.

The on-going scam reaches to Jamaica and involves a call to unsuspecting victims advising them they have won a Publisher's Clearinghouse contest prize and to receive the prize — in this case cash and a car — they will receive a letter and check and are to follow the instructions.

Usually the victim is told to cash the check when they receive it and to send part of the money to an address and that the prize will be sent after that is done.

In this case, the amount involved in the incident was placed at $7,500.

According to Harris' report, the investigation is continuing and the case is still pending in court.