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6 ACCUSED OF MISLEADING SENIOR CITIZENS ON WINNINGS

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Six people have been accused of bilking senior citizens out of more than $1 million by tricking them into believing they had won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.

The six were charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They told elderly victims in eight states that they had won up to $10 million in the widely known contest, U.S. Attorney Donald Stern said.The seniors were instructed to send $20,000 to $270,000 in "prepaid taxes" in order to collect the phony winnings, according to prosecutors.