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May 30, 2014
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ZIP FM releases 'Wah Wa' statement
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter


ZJ Wah Wa - File

With one of its disc jocks ZJ Wah Wa behind bars for lottery scamming, ZIP FM has finally released a statement on the matter.

Two weeks ago, THE WEEKEND STAR reported that ZJ Wah Wa, real name Deon-Ville Ohara, was arrested in the United States for wire fraud, and on Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a press release which said the ZJ had been indicted along with 25 other persons for lottery scamming.

Although he has been imprisoned for almost a month, Zip FM has only now released a statement on the matter.

The statement that was posted on the website on Wednesday said, "As it concerns the station's position on the employee Deon-Ville Ohara aka ZJ Wah Wa, station manager of Zip 103 FM D'Adra Williams has stated that "we will allow the due process of the law to take place, where persons are given the benefit of the doubt and presumed innocent until proven guilty, our employees will be extended the same courtesy".

ZJ Wah Wa, who is being investigated by the FBI, was first held at the Broward County Jail in Florida on May 4. He was ordered transferred to North Dakota when he appeared in court Tuesday.

According to the FBI website, the disc jock has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, and money-laundering conspiracy. And if he is convicted, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years per count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture of property.

"O'Hara was arrested on allegations that he and his co-conspirators ran a lottery scam in Jamaica that fraudulently induced elderly victims throughout the United States to send millions of dollars to them to cover 'fees' for lottery winnings that victims had not in fact won," the FBI said.

"O'Hara is alleged to have acted as a money courier who would travel to the United States to pick up victim money and transport it to Jamaica. According to the indictment, upon his return to Jamaica from the United States in November 2013, O'Hara was stopped by Jamaican Custom officials at Sangster International Airport with $105,000 in U.S. currency in his possession; the cash is alleged to be proceeds of the lottery scam."

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