New York man accused of scamming woman

August 13, 2008 5:10:31 PM PDT
A New York man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for swindling an Iowa woman out of $200,000 in a telephone sweepstakes scam.

Brooklyn resident George Tonks admitted in U.S. District Court that he worked with others in a scheme in which the woman was contacted by telephone and told she had won a large sweepstakes prize. The woman was told she would have to pay taxes and other fees before receiving the prize money.

Between June 2002 to June 2003 the woman paid $200,000 through wire transfers.

Tonks entered his plea Monday. He remains in custody.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

Two other New York residents have been convicted for their roles in the scheme. They've been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

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