Allen's conviction in telemarketing scam upheld

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of Timothy Allen for his role in a telemarketing scheme that prosecutors said targeted seniors.

Allen was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2012 and was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied Allen's arguments that his sentence was too harsh for the minor role he played in the scheme.

Authorities say the scam began with a call to tell victims they had won a large cash prize. The victims then were told to wire money to cover fees and taxes on the supposed prize.

Prosecutors say the scam netted tens of thousands of dollars. Eight people were convicted in the case.

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