- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say three New York residents have been charged with running a scheme that promised millions of dollars in sweepstakes winnings to senior citizens in return for almost $700,000 in fees.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1j0ri7C ) that FBI agents arrested 50-year-old Ana Leon, of East Hampton, on Tuesday. She and two other suspects were charged with mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the other two are believed to have fled the country.

Officials say the three allegedly defrauded at least seven seniors in six states who were told they had won as much as $3.5 million in purported sweepstakes.

The victims were told they had to first send funds to cover taxes and fees to post office boxes or bank accounts.

Leon’s attorney declined to comment.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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