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New York man sentenced to five years for scamming elderly

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:21 PM

A New York City man who scammed elderly people out of more than US$400,000 has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Associated Press says 25-year-old Corey Buddle was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Buffalo.

He pleaded guilty in that court in November to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors said Buddle and co-conspirators from Jamaica called elderly victims and told them they had won cash prizes and automobiles but had to pay taxes before they could collect.

Authorities say Buddle scammed 11 people out of nearly US$430,000, including a man in Rochester, who lost $130,000.