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.