Sweepstakes Scam Against Elderly Resident Leads to Arrest

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago December 06, 2012 Dec 6, 2012 Thursday, December 06 2012 Thursday, December 06, 2012 3:08:01 PM CST in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that he has charged Lorenzo St. Francis Chin with several felony charges including stealing and fraud. These charges are related to a sweepstakes scam targeting an elderly Missouri resident.

Chin allegedly contacted the victim by telephone and mail, telling the victim he won cash prizes in excess of one million dollars, according to a press release. Jefferson City officials said Chin may have claimed that the victim had to pay fees and taxes to several government agencies to collect the prize.

Croton-on-Hudson Police Department arrested Chin who is being held on a $50,000 bond. He is being held in the Westchester County Jail before transferring to Missouri to face the charges against him.

Koster is working with the Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins in the prosecution of Chin.

As in all criminal cases, the charges against Chin are allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Koster said Missourians should be wary of any unsolicited mail or phone calls, and should never send money to people they do not know. If there is doubt as to the legitimacy of an offer, Missourians should call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-9222.

 

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