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by Randy Cassingham

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They Politely Waited Until After Dinner to Call
Wilson Okike, 29, and Basil Mark Steeves, 33, have pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles, Calif., to mail and wire fraud in a telemarketing scheme that netted at least $1.8 million from their mostly elderly victims. Their Canadian-based telemarketing firm would call people in the U.S. to say they had won large amounts of money in a lottery, but had to pay taxes or fees up front to get the winnings. Another scheme was to call victims of previous scams and offer to help get their money back — for a fee. (AP) ...Funny: isn’t that what stockbrokers have been doing lately?
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