A former Massachusetts man who tried to flee to Canada to avoid a prison sentence for his role in a phone scam that bilked area residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been ordered to pay more than $250,000 in restitution.

Ashokkumar “Andy” Patel, formerly of Worcester, was responsible for helping steal more than $880,000, but the identities of many victims could not be traced, prosecutors said in federal court Tuesday, The Telegram & Gazette reported.

Patel’s lawyer, Vikas Dhar, said Patel made less than $50,000 for his role in the scheme.

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