All she had to do was pay the state and federal taxes and an insurance fee for a total of
You know how the rest of this goes. The victim, identified only as "S.S.," never saw a dime of the alleged prize money.
Instead, federal officials said Thursday the ploy was part of an international con game targeting older victims with promises of easy money. All told, 30 victims over the age of 55 lost more than
The 41-count indictment charges
The case stems from arrests that began in 2013 and used alleged participants to help lead agents to other suspects.
Victims were told outlandish tales -- one was told they had won
That victim recalled a representative from the "lottery" going "ballistic" when she confided the news of her good luck to her son. Some victims were told to lie to their family members or bank tellers if asked why they were writing large checks to mail out, federal officials say.
One woman was told her
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