Richard Wray is returning home Thursday after traveling to Italy hoping to claim a million-dollar lottery prize. His children filed a missing persons report in his hometown of Florence, Kentucky and then officials found him in Italy, trying to get back to the bluegrass.
His daughter, Cathy Duerson, tells 27 NEWSFIRST he had been communicating with a group in Italy posing as lotto officials for some months and they'd scammed him out of thousands of dollars. She says he went overseas to claim his lottery prize, met the con-men and they sent him home saying they'd wire him the cash.
Wray's daughter says as a result of this scam he is now penniless, but she's just glad he'll be home soon. Her father returned home Thursday afternoon.
Duerson says her father is working with the Secret Service and the FBI and they're hoping to arrange another meeting with the con-men.
She says all 11 agencies that have been involved internationally are hoping for an arrest.