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.