2 sentenced in lottery scam of Ky. woman

March 30, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two Florida men have pleaded guilty to theft and exploitation charges for using a phone scam to con a Louisville woman out of more than $104,000.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says 40-year-old Manfred Sinclair and 50-yearold Rony Meza, of Miami, Florida, were sentenced and ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

The AG says in a news release Thursday that the men admitted to telling an 81-yearold woman she had won a $7.5 million lottery prize. They told her she needed to send tax money to claim it. The woman sent money to them between October 2015 and April 2016.

Both men were sentenced to five years in prison, but the sentences were diverted until restitution is paid. Sinclair agreed to pay $89,000 in restitution, and Meza $15,000.