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Prison for Internet scam

Date: June 07, 2007

A 47-year-old Westbrook man who lost everything he owned in an Internet scam and then defrauded others is going to prison for 18 months.

At Thursday's sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court, Todd Denson was also ordered to pay nearly $55,000 in restitution to four victims.

Judge George Singal called the matter "a troubling case" and said he hoped Denson's sentence would deter others who might be tempted by get-rich-quick schemes.

The case began when Denson fell for an Internet scam out of Africa and sent $60,000 in hopes of getting an inheritance of nine million dollars.

After he ran out of money, Denson used a variety of stories to get nearly $80,000 from seven "investors," still in the hope of getting the money. Denson admitted to bilking seven people, but only four of those sought restitution.
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