Man gets three years for lottery scamming
A 20-year-old man who was found guilty of breaches of the Fraudulent Transaction Special Provision Act (lottery scamming) was sentenced to three years' hard labour in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Friday.
He is Orlando Thomas, labourer of Yallahs, St Thomas. Thomas was sentenced by Justice Sarah Thompson-James. He was told that his fraudulent attempt to take money from unsuspecting persons must not be taken lightly, so a custodial sentence was in order.
Allegations are that in May last year, Thomas was seen acting in a suspicious manner in Spanish Town. He was accosted and taken in for questioning by the police.
When he was brought to the Spanish Town Police Station, he was searched by detectives. During the search, a plastic bag with two lead sheets bearing the social security numbers, names, and addresses of persons overseas were found in his possession.
Further investigations by detective constables Barrington Brown and Dale Lopez resulted in Thomas been charged for his involvement in lottery scamming.
He was subsequently charged and tried.