Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Thursday a Jamaican man was sentenced to 63 months in prison for scamming vulnerable U.S. residents by telling them that they had won millions in Jamaican lotteries.
Thirty-two-year-old Ricardo Reid of Jamaica, West Indies purchasing mailing lists of elderly individuals and solicited those individuals by leading to believe that they had won millions in sweepstakes and lotteries from 2011 to 2016.
Reid told the elderly victim that they would have to pay taxes and fees on the money, before their winnings could be redeemed. Reid told victims that the calls where from the IRS and bank and lottery officials
Reid utilized VOIP and call forwarding services to make and receive calls to conceal his location and phone number.
In addition to the 63-month prison term, Reid was order to pay $577,703.78 in restitution.