Prosecutors say men pulled lotto scam

March 8, 2011 4:13:39 PM PST
Two men accused of running a lottery scam appeared in a federal courtroom in Fayetteville Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Clayton Atkinson and David Stewart bilked scores of North Carolinians out of tens of thousands of dollars in an operation run out of Canada.

They're charged with running a scheme where victims were told they'd won a lottery prize. They were told to deposit a check for $3,000, but also send a check for the same amount to the scammers.

"It is a bogus check, and by the time the victim deposits the check in their account, it'll take 7-10 days to clear. And by that time, they've already sent an amount to the bad guys," explained Sgt. Yves Leblanc with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a previous interview.

Stewart and Atkinson face a number of charges including wire fraud, conspiracy, and interstate transportation of stolen property. They were extradited from Canada. Another hearing is set for Friday.

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