Lottery scammer gets 3 years
A 20-year-old man who was found guilty of breaches of the Fraudulent Transaction Special Provision Act (Lotto Scamming) was sentenced to three years' hard labour in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Friday.
He is Orlando Thomas, a labourer from Yallahs in St Thomas. Thomas was sentenced by Justice Sarah Thompson-James.
He was told that his action in trying to take money from unsuspected persons fraudulently must not be seen lightly, therefore a custodial sentence was in order.
Allegations are that in May last year Thomas was seen acting in a suspicious manner in Spanish Town, St Catherine. 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 was found in his possession.
Further investigations by Detective Constables Barrington Brown and Dale Lopez resulted in Thomas being charged for his involvement in lottery scamming.
He was subsequently charged and tried, and found guilty.