A Kansas man was found guilty Monday, Nov. 28, of stealing almost $200,000 from an elderly woman in Arlington through a lottery scam.
Darrell L. Kinney, 55, of Iola, Kansas, was found guilty by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman of one count of larceny over $250 from a person over 60 years old. Kinney will be sentenced Monday at 2 p.m., according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office.
Kinney was charged after Arlington Police investigated a report from an elderly woman in 2009 who said she had been told she won a lottery in Jamaica. Authorities said the woman had been told that in order to claim her winnings she had to pay taxes on the prize, so she sent checks and cash totaling $195,000 to an address in Kansas.
Arlington Police and Kansas authorities traced the telephone number used to contact the elderly woman, as well as the shipping address, to Kinney, who was already in custody in Kansas on unrelated charges, according to Leone’s office. Kinney was arrested on the Massachusetts charge on July 13, 2009, and brought to the Commonwealth where he was indicted and has been held without bail.
In a press release announcing Kinney’s conviction, Leone praised the investigative work by Arlington Police and warned residents never to send money to any unknown person who has contacted them.