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91-year-old American fleeced of US $106,000 by Jamaican lotto scammers


Four arrested in St James, Hanover

Friday, October 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Four persons have been arrested in St James and Hanover on suspicion of involvement in the lotto scam.

The four are Jermaine Watson, 30, of Montego Bay, St James; Judian James, 25, and Horatio Anglin, 32, both of a Kendal, Hanover; and Sanika Bucknor, 23, of Orange Bay, Hanover.

They were arrested between Tuesday and Thursday and have been charged with the offences of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence and possession of and transporting criminal property in Jamaica contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

One of the victims is a 91-year-old male, who sent in excess of US$106,000 to the bank accounts of individuals in Jamaica after he was informed that he was the winner of US $500,000 sweepstake.

James, Anglin and Bucknor are to appear in the Lucea Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, October 28. Watson is to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, October 29.

They were arrested by detectives assigned to the Organised Crime and Investigations Division and members of the Financial Investigations Division (FID).

The acting chief technical director of FID, Albert Stephens, has expressed the commitment of the FID in tackling the lottery scam through partnerships.

“This is an important step in tackling the scourge of lotto scamming that is still so prevalent,” Stephens said in a release from the police regarding the arrests. “We at FID along with our partners in the JCF and our international partners are committed to tackling these serious financial crimes and to taking the profit out of crime,” he said.


Source: Jamaica Observer

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