Fraudster, Keno Romario Brown Who Scammed More Than 100 Elderly Victims of More Than $775,000 Through Lottery Scheme Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison
Falsely Told Victims They Won a Lottery or Sweepstakes, but Needed to Pay Taxes or Fees in Order to Receive the Prize
Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel today sentenced Keno Romario Brown, age 26, of Hyattsville, Maryland, to eight years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, in connection with a scheme to defraud more than 100 elderly victims through an advance fee scheme, specifically, by falsely representing that the victims had won a lottery or sweepstakes and demanding taxes or other fees before the victims could receive the prize. Judge Hazel ordered Brown to pay restitution in the amount of $775,225.48. After trial, a federal jury convicted Brown on March 12, 2020.
The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division; and Postal Inspector in Charge Peter R.