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Nine sentenced to federal prison in lottery scam

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Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.

In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.

There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previously.

U.S. District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, citing the devastating impact on the more than 150 victims of the scam, sentenced the following people to the prison terms:

  • LeGrant Allen, 30, of Charlotte, N.C., 15 months in prison
  • Wayne Duffus, 30, of Little River, 156 months in prison
  • Jaclyn Freeman, 24, of Little River, six months in prison plus six months home detention
  • Kimesha Lewis, 28, of Wilkesboro, N.C., five months in prison plus five months home detention
  • Damion McLeish, 34, of North Myrtle Beach, 15 months in prison
  • Denisha Robinson, 27, of Little River, 21 months in prison
  • Lorenzo Samuels, 28, of Riverdale, Ga., 24 months in prison
  • Johnte Vereen, 32, of Conway, 19 months in prison
  • Cameo West, 27, of Little River, five months in prison plus five months home detention

Each of the defendants also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $839,827.

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Posted: April 5, 2015, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

HAHAHA Serves you right,low down dirty sobs.

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    Posted: April 5, 2015, 3:44 pm - IP Logged

    Charities scam people out of their money, but guvnant allows it

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      Posted: April 5, 2015, 3:47 pm - IP Logged

      "I am what I am by the grace of God."

      Kitfany

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        Posted: April 5, 2015, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

        Good! I wish some of them had gotten more time but this is better than just a slap on the wrist.

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: April 5, 2015, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

          Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.

          In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.

          There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previously.

          U.S. District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, citing the devastating impact on the more than 150 victims of the scam, sentenced the following people to the prison terms:

          • LeGrant Allen, 30, of Charlotte, N.C., 15 months in prison
          • Wayne Duffus, 30, of Little River, 156 months in prison
          • Jaclyn Freeman, 24, of Little River, six months in prison plus six months home detention
          • Kimesha Lewis, 28, of Wilkesboro, N.C., five months in prison plus five months home detention
          • Damion McLeish, 34, of North Myrtle Beach, 15 months in prison
          • Denisha Robinson, 27, of Little River, 21 months in prison
          • Lorenzo Samuels, 28, of Riverdale, Ga., 24 months in prison
          • Johnte Vereen, 32, of Conway, 19 months in prison
          • Cameo West, 27, of Little River, five months in prison plus five months home detention

          Each of the defendants also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $839,827.

          Looks like Doofus- sorry Duffus was the Mastermind of this whole operation.

          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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            Posted: April 5, 2015, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

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              Posted: April 5, 2015, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

               When you pay your taxes on April 15,2015 you can thank these "Law Enforcement" officials i.e. U.S. District Judges, U.S. Attorneys , Postal Inspectors , and many more for doing there job.  Often they are not thanked or recognized for protecting us.  I am also sure the FBI was involved because they crossed State lines. Smash The gavel of justice.

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                Posted: April 5, 2015, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                why did the females all get lighter sentences?

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                  Happy California
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                  Posted: April 5, 2015, 6:26 pm - IP Logged

                   I think that there is a double standard in our Justice Department.

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                    Posted: April 5, 2015, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

                    why did the females all get lighter sentences?

                    ... Because a Woman can also get away with carrying a whip & pushing her stiletto heels into your chest and look good doing it, that's why..

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                      Posted: April 5, 2015, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

                      Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.

                      In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.

                      There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previously.

                      U.S. District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, citing the devastating impact on the more than 150 victims of the scam, sentenced the following people to the prison terms:

                      • LeGrant Allen, 30, of Charlotte, N.C., 15 months in prison
                      • Wayne Duffus, 30, of Little River, 156 months in prison
                      • Jaclyn Freeman, 24, of Little River, six months in prison plus six months home detention
                      • Kimesha Lewis, 28, of Wilkesboro, N.C., five months in prison plus five months home detention
                      • Damion McLeish, 34, of North Myrtle Beach, 15 months in prison
                      • Denisha Robinson, 27, of Little River, 21 months in prison
                      • Lorenzo Samuels, 28, of Riverdale, Ga., 24 months in prison
                      • Johnte Vereen, 32, of Conway, 19 months in prison
                      • Cameo West, 27, of Little River, five months in prison plus five months home detention

                      Each of the defendants also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $839,827.

                      This is why I support state lotteries. If people can't play legal lotteries, or it is  hard for them to do so, illegal scams will fill void. The lesson for all state lotteries is, make it easy for people to play or subscribe to their state lotteries. Hopefully they will learn the lesson.

                      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                        Posted: April 5, 2015, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

                        These scams are not just about winning a phoney lottery. A friend told me today about an email she got wanting her to help someone distribute $12 million to charities.

                        I wonder if it's from one of the people in story trying to raise funds to pay their restitution?

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                          Posted: April 5, 2015, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

                          why did the females all get lighter sentences?

                          You Know Why...

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                          Read This: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/men-women-prison-sentence-length-gender-gap_n_1874742.html?

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                            Posted: April 5, 2015, 10:44 pm - IP Logged

                            Charities scam people out of their money, but guvnant allows it

                            I Agree!It seems the easiest ways to start earning six figures are to either start a money tithing church or a charity.

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