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Judge sentenced Northern California man to 10 years in prison in $1.2M Internet scam

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NOVATO, California — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in an Internet scam that bilked people out of more than $1 million.

Federal prosecutors say a judge called 51-year-old John Winston Boone's behavior cruel and callous before issuing the sentence on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Boone, of Novato, sold website domains that he falsely claimed would generate substantial advertising revenue.

He was accused of sending prospective buyers phony financial records to support false claims that the websites had made money in the past. In all, prosecutors say Boone defrauded 18 people.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in November 2013. In addition to sentencing Boone to prison, the judge ordered him to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

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