COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ten people, most of them residents of Little River, were charged in a complaint alleging a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
The complaint, unsealed Tuesday after the arrests of nine of the defendants, alleges the scam targeted elderly victims around the country, notifying them they won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees in advance in order to receive their winnings. The complaint alleges that more than 200 individuals were victimized and paid more than $1 million to receive their non-existent lottery prizes. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The defendants and their last known city of residence are: