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Man sentenced to nearly 2 years for lottery phone scam

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 16:48:44-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge in Tucson last week sentenced a man to 21 months in prison for his role in a lottery scam targeting the elderly.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona, Alek Forrester was one of four co-defendants in the scheme. Prosecutors say Jamaican-based scammers called victims in the U.S. and falsely told them they won the lottery, but needed to pay money upfront for taxes and fees before they could claim their winnings.

Forrester is accused of helping laundering the proceeds to Jamaica. A judge ordered him to pay $176,000 in restitution for the scam.