Man expected to plead guilty in telemarketing scam

By Holbrook Mohr/The Associated Pres

JACKSON — A 39-year-old man is scheduled to plead guilty Monday in Mississippi in a telemarketing scam that allegedly swindled people around the country by telling them they had won cash prizes and had to pay taxes and fees.

Authorities said the scam targeted senior citizens. A 13-count indictment identifies eight people who paid $2,490 to $5,600.

Six defendants have already pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Court records said George Coe Jr. is scheduled to do so Monday in Aberdeen. Coe is charged with conspiracy and wire fraud.

His attorney, Whitman D. Mounger, said only that his client “decided it’s in his best interest” to plead guilty.