The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentencing for a man who pleaded guilty in North Carolina to participating in a telemarketing scheme that bilked U.S. residents out of millions of dollars.
Juan Luis Llamas of Yuba City, Calif., was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $4.2 million. Llamas was the office manager of a call center in Costa Rica that operated a sweepstakes scam.
A three-judge panel ruled Wednesday that Llamas was improperly given a longer sentence for targeting vulnerable victims. The court said Llamas didn’t know many of the victims were elderly.
The court also said the restitution order was too high because the call center’s take was closer to $1 million during the time Llamas worked there.