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Albany man pleads guilty to mail fraud in lottery scam targeting elderly victims

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ALBANY, New York — Federal prosecutors say a 30-year-old Albany man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for bilking elderly victims out of tens of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam.

Douglas Watson pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino in Albany. He'll be sentenced on May 20. Prosecutors say he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the three felony counts.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says Watson told victims they had won the New York Lottery, but that they needed to send cash payments for taxes and processing fees to claim their winnings.

He admitted that he received two packages from victims containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

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