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Federal judge in Tucson sentences man in lottery fraud case

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Posted at 10:40 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 00:40:17-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a man to 21 months in prison for laundering funds from a lottery fraud scheme that targeted elderly people.

Prosecutors say Morgan Alek Forrester also was ordered to pay $176,000 in restitution. Forrester is among four co-defendants charged in the conspiracy.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say Forrester participated in scheme where Jamaican-based scammers called elderly U.S. victims and falsely stated they had won a lottery.

In order to receive their winnings, the elderly victims were told they must first submit money for taxes and fees.