Patrick P. Wilson, 47, of Orlando, has been in custody at the Perry County Jail since his arrest in October, when he was charged by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster with four felonies in connection to a so-called sweepstakes scheme. Wilson will next appear in circuit court on Jan. 25 in front of Judge William Syler.
Wilson is charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, two counts of stealing by deceit and unlawful merchandising practices. Wilson was arrested by police Oct. 18 and was transported to Perryville, where he has been held since on a $100,000 bond that -- even if he came up with the money -- has a condition preventing him from leaving the state.
The con, according to court documents, called for Wilson -- and perhaps others -- to call the couple and promise a cash prize if they could come up with taxes and fees.
In this case, Wilson told the couple they had won $10 million. What started as small amounts as the couple sent up to $20,000 installments over a six-month period.
Koster filed the charges in October acting as a special prosecutor for Perry County. Public defender Jennifer Slone is representing Wilson.
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