Two scammers have been sent to prison for defrauding people out of more than $700,000 through a lottery scam. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Going behind bars

Two men have received prison sentences for a lottery scam that saw them defraud victims out of more than $700,000. The fraudsters mainly targeted older people in various states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jason Wedderburn received a three-year prison sentence

A statement from the US attorney’s office for the District of Rhode Island on Tuesday outlined how Jason Wedderburn received a three-year prison sentence in a Providence federal court. After serving this sentence, he will then be subject to three years of federal supervised release.

Kayan Kitson received a prison sentence of two and a half years last month and will also face three years of federal supervised release. The authorities arrested the two men in Florida in August 2020. In July, they both pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

Details of the scam

According to a US Postal Inspection Service Investigation, the scam began in May 2018. The two men contacted victims and informed them of significant cash lottery wins. In order to get their hands on these winnings, the scammers told the victims that they had to pre-pay fees or taxes.

One particular victim in Massachusetts lost over $325,000 as a result of this scam, with many other individuals losing tens of thousands of dollars.

The money from the victims was deposited…

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