New Sentencing Ordered in Prize Money Scam

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Jackson, Miss.

A federal appeals court has ordered the re-sentencing of two men convicted in Mississippi in a multi-state telemarketing scam, in which victims were told they won cash prizes but had to pay taxes and fees to the scammers to claim the money.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that incorrect sentencing guidelines were used for Kevin Coe and Jarvis Jones.

Both men were sentenced in 2011 to more than seven years in prison.

The appeals panel said the U.S. District Court judge in Aberdeen, Miss., realized the error and tried to correct it, but didn't do so within the required 14-day period.

The appeals court ordered that the men be re-sentenced, permitting the district judge to correct the procedural error.