US authorities have arrested six individuals for allegedly engaging in a lottery telemarketing fraud scheme that obtained over $400,000 from elderly victims in the United States.

The defendants – Nadeisha Blake, Crystal Moss, Kimona Peterkin, Melissa Blake, Sophia Blake and Rashina Watson – were arrested this week in New York and Maryland, and were presented and arraigned in Manhattan federal court this before US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck.

According to the allegations in an indictment unsealed earlier this week, the defendants participated in a fraudulent scheme in which dozens of elderly victims in the US were informed that they had won substantial cash prizes in an international sweepstakes lottery...

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