NC judge sentences Canadian for scamming elderly

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Canadian man will spend more than 12 years in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to being part of a complicated scheme that scammed older people out of money, including a Raleigh couple who lost more than $900,000.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced Clayton Atkinson to prison Thursday.

Atkinson lived in Montreal. He was sentenced after testimony that he defrauded about 40 victims in a scam that involved convincing older people they had won sweepstakes money.

Atkinson has promised not to appeal. He was charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.

Atkinson said he could not make excuses for his conduct and promised he would not scam again.

Credit: The Associated Press.