A Kansas man was to four to five years in prison on charges of stealing $195,000 from an elderly Arlington woman.
Darrell L. Kinney, 55, of Iola, Kansas, was by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman on one count of larceny over $250 from a person older than 60.
“This is a particularly heinous crime,” Tuttman said in court Monday, “and the reason is not only the significant amount of money which was stolen from the victim, but because the person who was victimized in this case was particularly vulnerable given her circumstances.”
Authorities say Kinney deceived his victim into thinking she had won the lottery.
According to authorities, between February and June 2009, the elderly Arlington victim was called and told that she had won a lottery in Jamaica. Kinney then told the victim that, in order to claim the winnings, she had to pay the taxes on the prize money, authorities said. In this case, the victim sent multiple checks and cash totaling approximately $195,000 to an address in Kansas.
, working with Kansas authorities, traced the telephone number used to contact the victim and a Kansas shipping address to Kinney. He was in custody in Kansas on an unrelated matter and, upon posting bail, was placed under arrest July 2009 for the Massachusetts warrant.
In court Monday, Tuttman ordered Kinney would not pay restitution to the victim. The judge said Kinney is on Social Security disability and on a rather modest, fixed income that already goes to child support payments.
“It would be difficult to pay, unless he hit the lottery,” his defense attorney said.