Lawyer: Man charged in scheme missed court because he’s dead


MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man charged with running a scheme that cheated a Connecticut woman out of more than $80,000 missed a recent court date and has been ordered to be re-arrested, but his attorney says that will be difficult since he’s been dead for months.

Johnny Masesa’s attorney says he received a death certificate saying his client died from complications of malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has family.

Masesa and others are charged with scheming a Milford woman out of $83,000 by posing as representatives of the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.

The Connecticut Post reports police and federal authorities have been unable to confirm the authenticity of the death certificate.

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