URGENT Green Dot card scam run from behind bars – Augusta to Aiken and ripping off Oregonians : Feds allege Augusta prison inmate and his family ran a debit card like scam involved Green Dot cards

NOTICE OF HEARING for Jay Byron Wright Arraignment set for 11/28/2017 10:00 AM in Columbia # 7, Matthew J. Perry Court House, 901 Richland St, Columbia before Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett.

Prison inmate in Augusta ran a scam from behind bars: Oregon residents defrauded by family Aiken/Augusta area involving a Green Dot card, feds say

Jay B. Wright Inmate scam 1

By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
News Director/Co-Owner
906-273-2433

Three Augusta area residents were arrested this week on federal felony charges involving a fake court fine scam to dupe innocent Oregon residents into paying non-existent “contempt of court” fines for missing jury duty – and it was run by a prolific state prison inmate who has been charged with crimes across Georgia.

Alleged ringleader and family patriarch Jay Byron Wright has a vast record that including a burglary conviction in Columbia County and Richmond County. Many of the convictions are out of Douglas County, Georgia and Gwinnett County.


With a criminal record dating back almost two decades, Wright is currently serving time in a state prison in Calhoun County – and it is not clear what Augusta prison was involved. Wright has been convicted of racketeering, extortion, theft, forgery,  burglary and much more (scroll down to see his file)

The suspects  have been being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Aiken, SC.
The trio – all members and former of one family – “engaged in a scheme to falsely and fraudulently obtained money by falsely representing themselves as officers of the court” and tricked people into using the Green Dot to pay court fines that did not exist.

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Georgia prison inmate Jay Byron Wright is charged in federal court with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud
His daughter, Christine Wright of Aiken is charged with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Barbara Lynn Clayton is charged with attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Clayton “was the wife of Christine Wright,” according to the federal indictment.

The alleged Dec. 2016 scam involves “Green Dot Money Pak cards” that are “prepaid cash-value debit cards known as Money Pack cards,” the indictment states.
Green Dot was a Pasadena, California based company “offering loadable debit cards” and “pre-loaded cash-value” Money Pak cards, the indictment states.
The Aiken-based federal case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Winston D. Holliday and U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.

Here is a portion of the indictment:

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NAME: WRIGHT, JAY BARON SR.

GDC ID: 0000867905


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1975
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’06”
WEIGHT: 160
EYE COLOR: GREEN
HAIR COLOR: BROWN


SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: BURG BEF 7/1/12
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: CALHOUN STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: 06/29/2022
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE


KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. NICKNAME,GO-KART
A.K.A. RAY,RONALD
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY A
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALAN
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALLEN
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY ALMON
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY B
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY BARON
A.K.A. WRIGHT,JAY BARRON

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY EXTORTION
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/28/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY EXTORTION
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/06/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: RACKETEERING
CONVICTION COUNTY: DOUGLAS COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/06/2015
SENTENCE LENGTH: 15 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: BURG BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: COLUMBIA COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/27/2012
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 766518

OFFENSE: THEFT BY TAKING
CONVICTION COUNTY: GWINNETT COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 06/27/2012
SENTENCE LENGTH: 10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

CASE NO: 392973

OFFENSE: FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
CONVICTION COUNTY: RICHMOND COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/26/1998
SENTENCE LENGTH: 6 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/22/2013
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 09/16/2003
INCARCERATION END: 08/08/2004
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 07/11/2002
INCARCERATION END: 03/12/2003
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 10/03/2000
INCARCERATION END: 12/11/2001
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 06/09/1998
INCARCERATION END: 09/16/1999

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