Sentencing for one of 27 accused in Jamaican lottery scam scheduled

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Sentencing has been set for one of the final 27 people charged with scamming millions of dollars from mostly elderly Americans.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Gareth Billings was part of a Jamaican lottery scam that took almost $6 million from 90 Americans.

The suspects are accused of calling victims about bogus lottery winnings, persuading them to pay advance fees to receive the purported winnings, then keeping the money without paying out anything to the victims.

Billings has been charged with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, his sentencing is set for Dec. 20 in Bismarck.