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Bridgeport Man Admits To Running Lottery Scam

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A Bridgeport, Connecticut, man has pleaded guilty after authorities said he ran a lottery scam that defrauded an elderly Mystic victim of nearly $1.2 million.

Stieve Fernandez was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say that carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.

Fernandez told the victim to pay fees by mailing checks and money orders to his co-conspirators in Canada and Florida.

They have also pleaded guilty to the same charge.