Man sentenced in scam of $40K from 92-year-old Butler County WWII vet

Walter Hall Jr.
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Walter Hall Jr.

A Chicago man was sentenced to probation today for scamming a Trenton senior citizen out of nearly $40,000.

But Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater promised Walter Samuel Hall Jr. that if he did not make restitution payments during his five years of probation, he would spend three years in prison.

Walter Samuel Hall Jr., 61, plead guilty to theft, a third-degree felony, in September. Defense attorney Tad Brittingham told Pater his client was prepared to pay $6,500 in restitution the 92-year-old victim.

Hall was arrested in July following an investigation by the Butler County prosecutor’s office.

The victim, a WWII Navy veteran and Armco retiree, was in the courtroom for Hall’s sentencing but declined to address the judge.

The man was manipulated by callers who falsely informed the 90-year-old that he won $7.5 million in a sweepstakes he never entered.

In order to collect his winnings, the man was instructed to send multiple payments to an address in Chicago to cover taxes and insurance on the winnings.

Brittingham told Pater that Hall was himself a victim of a sweepstakes scam and was trying to recover the money he lost.

But Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Gloria Sigman said the investigation reveals $100,000 went into Hall’s pocket and a total of $356,000 was amassed involving 16 elderly victims in the scam that Hall was a part of.

Hall told Pater, “I am sorry I every got involved in this whole thing. I learned a valuable, valuable lesson. If something is too go to be true, it is not true.”

Pater ordered Hall to make restitution payments of $1,600 per month.

“If you don’t pay what you are supposed to pay, you will end up right back down here in Butler County, and you will serve 36 months,” Pater said.

Hall was an employee of the city of Chicago utility department, and the scam operation was “a cottage industry” for him, said Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser in September after the plea.