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October 20, 2011
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Jamaicans accused of lottery scam arrested

The police in Pennsylvania on Tuesday arrested four Jamaicans who have been accused of operating the 'Mega Millions Lottery' scam, preying on elderly Americans.

They have been identified as Michalee Fitz-Andy Jamieson and Jeffery Augustus Bernard, both 23; Sylvester Williams, 32, and 31-year-old Junior Powell.

THE STAR understands that the four are employed as temporary workers at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.

It is reported that they lived in associate housing and did not have contact with guests at the resort.

According to state police, an investigation was launched after a suspicious cheque was deposited into a Parkvale Bank account.

Investigators allege that the group was operating the 'Mega Millions Lottery'.

It is reported that recently, an 86-year-old Kansas man sent $25,000 to the group to satisfy costs associated with the winnings, police said.

The suspects were jailed on $50,000 bail each.

In the meantime, 14 persons were arrested in September in Montego Bay, St James, and several items seized in an operation conducted against the illegal lottery scam.

THE STAR understands several premises were searched leading to the seizure of various documents, equipment and high-end vehicles believed to be proceeds of the lottery scam.

That operation involved local police, and agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Postal Security and members of the Jamaica Customs Enforcement Team.

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