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By Pete Williams and David K. Li
Choose the wrong scam artist – former CEO of the FBI and CIA boss William Webster.
Keniel Thomas, 29, from Jamaica, pleaded guilty in October to intercept interactive communication with the mind, said federal authorities.
District Court Judge US Beryl A. Howell in Washington, DC last week sentenced a sentence of 71 months in the prison last week at the NBC Nightly News Le Lester Holt at 6:30 pm PM ET, 5:30 PM CT.
] Thomas made his first call to Webster on June 9, 2014, and identifies himself as David Morgan. He said he was a lot of the Mega Million lottery and Webster was the winner of $ 15.5 million and Mercedes Benz 2014, according to court documents.
Thomas did not know he was focusing on the man who was the director of the FBI and then the CIA under President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
"It was like me that something was not right," said Webster, 94, in a Tuesday interview with "NBC Nightly News by Lester Holt." "This was clear to me that something was noticeable . "
Thomas told Webster and his wife, Lynda, that they have to pay $ 50,000 to pay the taxes on the prize, the authorities said.
The Websters gave the Agency a notice to the FBI, and the continuing agency recorded the couple's calls with Thomas.
Thomas later said they had received a $ 72 million package. He began to grow unevenly when they did not pay him and began to threaten them, saying he was spying on the couple, the prosecutors said.
"I was scared," said Lynda Webster with NBC News. "He told me that the shoe would make the sniper with my head and the blood would go on my white house."
The FBI learned on Thomas's own recognition and was arrested on December 18, 2017, when he came to a land at JFK International Airport in New York, he did not know that a man wanted it.
Lynda Webster said she and her husband received calls from scammers in the past, but Thomas stood out.
"This is just one of the many scammers that call him and call me. And what this difference made was that this gentleman was happy," she said. "It was bad, it was frightening – it is a word that I use often. The others were nice and after I was involved or was bad, they finally gave up. This one was different."
Lynda Webster said that if she and her husband can be targeted, anyone can be a victim.
"Everyone who is vulnerable – every grandmother, every grandfather. I mean, I'm over 60 – now called," she said.
"They are very credible at first. And they are talking to people who probably have $ 1 million dollars or $ 50 million dollars, and they think they hear," Since I won some money. & # 39; These terrible actors are very easy to prey, I mean they are great actors, but they are awful people. "