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April 3, 2014
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Tommy Lee Sparta court hearing today
CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer


Tommy Lee Sparta

Today is the day popular dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel should know his fate. But while most attention will be focused in the downtown area, a former member of the Gaza Empire, Tommy Lee Sparta, is also set to make his court appearance.

The deejay, who is out on $400,000 bail, was charged on February 14 for breaches of the Anti-Lottery Act.

In an interview last month, his lawyer Bert Samuels said his client only has one occupation, and vehemently denied that his client was a scammer.

Following his appearance at the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court last month, dancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta's travel documents were seized and a stop order enforced. The April 3 date was then set for the Psycho singer to answer to the charges.

Tommy Lee Sparta was among several persons arrested in New Kingston in February, after police raided a house on Lady Musgrave Road.

During the search, the law enforcers claimed to have seized several documents including a list of persons residing in the United States as well as other equipment used to carry out scams. The operation was part of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force crackdown on persons involved in the lottery scam.

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