ALBANY, N.Y. – A Canadian man was sentenced Tuesday for stealing from vulnerable seniors.
Jason Katz, 47, of Quebec, Canada, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and was fined $10,000 and required to pay restitution of $8,000 to two victims.
According to the plea agreement, between May and August 2012, Katz was involved in an international telemarketing scheme targeting elderly victims. The victims, ages 95 and 86 at the time, were repeatedly solicited over the telephone and instructed to wire tens of thousands of dollars to Katz's bank account in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The victims were told the money would be used to help arrange for the release of the victim's child or grandchild. Katz was in Europe on a cruise in July 2012 when one of the victims wired him $42,000 under the belief that the funds would be used to help release her grandson from a Mexican jail.
The sentence follows Katz's September 2013 guilty plea, and he will begin to serve his sentence immediately.
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