A Jamaican man was sent to prison last week after pleading guilty to interstate communication with intent to extort.
A Jamaican man was sent to federal prison last week for a failed attempt to swindle a 94-year-old, who — without him — he was a former FBI-director-general and CIA chief under Carter and Reagan.
Keniel Thomas, 29, was convicted last year of trying to scam, and later, to extort William Webster and his wife Lynda.
The use of a false name, Thomas for the first time called Webster in July 2014, to tell him he had won a $72 million lottery and a brand new Mercedes-Benz, court documents said. Thomas was completely unaware of Webster’s past intelligence work.
Webster, Lester told Holt, “NBC Nightly News” Tuesday that “something is not quite right” and it “was quite clear to me that there is something fishy”.
Thomas said Webster and his wife they needed to pay $50,000 to cover taxes, authorities said. When the couple refused to pay him, he grew more impatient and threatened to shoot with a sniper the bullet.
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Webster warned the FBI, which then monitored the few phone calls and learned of Thomas’ identity. Thomas was arrested on Dec. 18, 2017 after stepping off a plane in New York, unaware he was a wanted man. Authorities said Thomas had collected at least $300,000 from defrauding other people in the USA
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Thomas pleaded guilty in October to the interstate communications with intent to extort, authorities said. U. S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell in Washington, D. C. sentenced Thomas 71 months in prison. Officials said that he will be deported to Jamaica after serving his term.