Rajay Dobson sentenced to five years in federal prison for a lottery scam of nearly $1 million

A Jamaican man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for his role in a lottery scam that victimized a senior in Estes Park.

Rajay Dobson has been sentenced to 63 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $881,477 in restitution to the woman who was scammed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado.

Dobson and a co-defendant, Leonard Luton, conspired to convince the victim that she had won a $2.8 million lottery and a Mercedes Benz but she had to pay thousands of dollars in “fees” in order to receive the winnings, the news release said.

Dobson and Luton made two trips to Estes Park to pick up packages of ill-gotten cash. Luton was arrested on the second trip. The elderly victim was scammed out of more than $970,000.

On March 24, Dobson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello.

“These fraudsters took advantage of one of our community’s most vulnerable victims,” said U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan, in the release. “We want to make it clear: individuals who prey on the elderly will be held accountable.”

Luton was sentenced on Aug. 4, 2021, to nine years in prison after being convicted at a February 2020 trial of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and eight counts of aiding and abetting mail fraud. After Luton was sentenced, federal officials located, arrested, and extradited Dobson from Jamaica.

The case was investigated jointly by the FBI, Estes Park police and the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.

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