Seven arrested for lottery scamming
The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) arrested and charged seven members of a lottery scamming syndicate between Tuesday, January 3 and Monday, January 9 in Westmoreland, St Ann, and St Catherine.
All seven were charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013.
They are: Fabian Ramsey, 27, unemployed of Lambs River and Belvedere in Westmoreland; Danny Williams, 31, unemployed of Darliston district, Westmoreland; Christiana Curtis, 22, customer service agent of Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine; Landique Woodbourne, 25, of Cambridge, St James; Lamar Dandie, 27, of Rosemount district in Cambridge, St James; Viviene Duncan, 38, of Belvedere, Westmoreland; and Gideon Wright, 22, of Lambs River, Westmoreland.
They were arrested after C-TOC launched an investigation following reports that a retired United States citizen was contacted via telephone from an 876 area code in March 2014.
The complainant was informed that she was the winner of US$2.5 million and a Mercedes-Benz motor car.
She was further instructed that in order to claim her prize she would have to send monies to cover various taxes, processing fees, insurance and delivery.
Investigations were carried out and it was revealed that the culprits were sent more than US$22,600 between the periods March 2014 to November 2014.
Consequently, a probe was carried out and the seven arrested and charged.