Troopers: New Jersey man stole over $10,000 from Canandaigua woman using lottery scam

New York State Police say a New Jersey man is facing grand larceny charges after an investigation revealed he used a lottery scam to steal over $10,000 from a Canandaigua woman.

According to police at the State Police Canandaigua Bureau of Criminal Investigation, 40-year-old Earl Alton Smith is accused of being involved in a lottery scam.

Troopers say an 84-year-old woman from Canandaigua was told she had won the grand prize in a sweepstakes/lottery, and told she needed to pay the taxes in order to get the payout.

Due to the scam, Smith was able to receive two checks from the woman, totaling $10,500, in late October 2017.

After several months of investigating, an arrest warrant was issued for Smith and he was arrested just prior to boarding a plane in Newark, New Jersey.

He was remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

State Police would like to remind the public that this fraudulent activity is very common and has been going on for many years.

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