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Kansas man held without bail in lottery scam

MEDFORD, Mass. | A Kansas man has been ordered held without bail, charged with stealing nearly $100,000 from an elderly woman in Massachusetts through a foreign lottery scam.

Darrell Kinney was arraigned Friday on charges of felony larceny by scheme and larceny over $250.

Prosecutors allege that Kinney called an elderly woman in Arlington, told her she had won a lottery in Jamaica and said she had to pay the taxes on the prize money in order to claim her winnings. The woman sent checks totaling $93,000 to an address in Kansas.

Arlington police and Kansas authorities said they traced the phone number and a Kansas shipping address to Kinney.

Authorities are investigating whether there were other victims.

Kinney's hometown in Kansas could not immediately be determined.

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