PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two men have been sent to prison for their roles in a phony lottery scam that defrauded mostly older residents of several states including Rhode Island and Massachusetts out of more than $700,000.
Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say Jason Wedderburn was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Providence to three years behind bars.
Kayan Kitson was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison.
Authorities say the victims were contacted by scammers and told they had won large cash lottery prizes but were required to pre-pay taxes or fees in order to collect the winnings.
One victim was cheated out of more than $325,000.