FORT LAUDERDALE – A Jamaican man has been sentenced in Florida to five years in prison for running a lottery scam that targeted elderly people who were told they had to pay fees to collect their winnings.
Oneike Mickhale Barnett was sentenced Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court. He pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The scam was based in Jamaica. Federal authorities say Barnett and others claimed to be from a genuine sweepstakes company and from federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve. Victims were told they had won large sums in a lottery but had to send a fee first.
The victims never got any winnings.
Barnett also must serve five years supervised release and pay $94,456 in restitution.