Tuesday 21 May, 2019

New York City man gets 5 years for lotto scamming

 A New York City man who tricked elderly people out of money by telling them they'd won prizes has been sentenced to five years in prison.

25-year-old Corey Buddle was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Buffalo, where he pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Buddle and co-conspirators from Jamaica told elderly victims by phone that they'd won cash prizes and automobiles but had to pay taxes before they could collect.

Authorities say Buddle scammed 11 people out of nearly US$430,000, including a man in Rochester, who lost US$130,000.

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