Judge in Tucson sentences man in lottery fraud scheme

Judge in Tucson sentences man in lottery fraud scheme

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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.

Prosecutors say Forrester’s role in the conspiracy was to help launder the fraudulent proceeds to Jamaica.

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