Apr 5, 2015, 3:25 pm
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:
Each of the defendants also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $839,827.
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