Montgomery, Alabama – Acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross announced that Nicholas Houston Allen, 36, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. The convictions result from Allen’s victimizing an elderly Montgomery resident. The United States Secret Service and the Alabama Securities Commission provided valuable assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
According to the indictment and other court records, Allen held himself out as the owner of an insulation business called Professional Fix, LLC. In January of 2021, Allen told an elderly victim that his mother had recently passed away and that he had inherited his mother’s house in Montgomery. Allen asked the victim to provide him with money so that he could remodel and resell the house for a profit. None of this was true. Allen’s mother was still alive, and he had not inherited her house. Based on Allen’s misrepresentations, from January 2021 through May 2021, the victim gave Allen approximately $95,800 for the sole purpose of remodeling the house. Allen told the victim the money would be used to cover the cost of a new roof, water damage repairs, soil testing, and pool repairs, among other expenses. These repairs were never accomplished. Instead, Allen used the money for his own personal benefit. On November 2, 2023, Allen pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 15, 2024. At that hearing, Allen will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, along with substantial fines and restitution.
Combatting elder abuse and financial fraud targeted at seniors is a key priority of the Department of Justice. The mission of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative is to support and coordinate the Department’s efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial fraud scams that target our nation’s seniors. To learn more, visit https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice. The public is encouraged to report victimization and suspected fraud schemes by calling the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311).
The United States Secret Service and the Alabama Securities Commission investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle R. Turner and Special Assistant United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., of the Alabama Securities Commission are prosecuting the case.
Article submitted by U.S. Attorney’s Office- Middle District Alabama.
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