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Jamaican man pleads guilty to scamming in New York county

A Jamaican man has pleaded guilty in a New York Federal Court to scamming an Oneida County resident out of  more than $100,000 by claiming they won a lottery and needed to pay fees.
 
Sanjay Burton, 34,pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of  conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud.
 
Burton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns for sentencing on July 15.
 
Authorities said the Jamaican was part of  a group of  scammers that would telephone senior citizens and falsely claim they had won a lottery or sweepstakes. 
 
They said Burton scammed an Oneida County resident on August 17, 2012, telling her she had won a $250,000 prize, but he needed her to pay associated taxes and fees in order for her to collect the grand prize.
 
Over the course of  the next year, authorities said Burton convinced the woman to send him more than 100 thousand dollars in checks and wire transfers. 
 
Authorities said the money would first go to an intermediary in New York City, before a portion of  the funds would be sent to Burton in Jamaica.
 
Burton was indicted in federal Court in August 2014 and extradited to the United States in November 2018.


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