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December 5, 2013
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Jamaican convicted for lottery scam

A man believed to be the first Jamaican to be convicted of participating in the lottery scam was sentenced in the United States on Wednesday to five years in prison based on a plea deal.

According to an Associated Press report, a prosecutor in the town of Milwaukee said she hoped the sentence would be publicised in Jamaica and help deter other fraudsters.

In June, O'Brain Junior Lynch, 28, pleaded guilty in June to stealing US$35,000 (J$3.7 million) in 2011, and 2012 from more than 50 people. He was charged by federal prosecutors in February.

20 years in prison

Lynch, a former cab driver in the western city of Montego Bay, who is also known as Jake Dinero', has agreed to pay at least US$100,000 (J$10.5 million) in restitution.

He faced a maximum 20 years in prison, but both the prosecutor and defence attorney recommended the five-year term. Charges against his girlfriend were dismissed as part of the plea negotiations.

The girlfriend also appeared in court yesterday with the couple's infant child.

Lynch's attorney, Daniel Meylink, said his client had no criminal record when he was recruited to make easy money to help his family.

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