What amounted to something of an international incident took a step toward resolution Wednesday when a Canadian man admitted that he tried to scam an American woman by lying about an Australian lottery.
Daniel Dumesh, 25, of Holland Landing, Ont., pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to attempted grand larceny in the third degree.
The intended victim was an 81-year-old Iowa woman, who had been notified by telephone that she was the winner of “the Australian lottery.” She was told that, to claim her prize, she needed to pay fees of $8,312 upfront and in cash, and for some reason that money was to be sent not to Australia but to the UPS office on Union Road in Cheektowaga.
An observant employee at the store thought there was something fishy about the package and called Cheektowaga Police. They were waiting for Dumesh in October when he arrived to pick up the loot.
Justice Christopher J. Burns set April 26 for sentencing in the case, which is being prosecuted by Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau Chief Candace K. Vogel.