Serial fraudster from Va. Beach pleads guilty in Jamaican lottery scam

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach woman with a criminal history of fake lottery scams pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection to a Jamaican lottery scam.  

The U.S. Attorneys Office said in a news release 44-year-old Nena Kerny Kochuga defrauded victims all over the U.S. by telling them over the phone they won millions of dollars in a lottery. 

In the scheme, winners had to mail or wire money for taxes to Kochuga in Virginia Beach in order to receive their prize. 

Kochuga kept some money and sent the rest to co-conspirators in Jamaica and other countries.

She could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison Sept. 30 on the mail fraud conviction. 

A Virginia Beach Circuit Court convicted her of the same scheme prior to this federal case.

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