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August 8, 2014
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American sentenced for role in LOTTERY SCAM
André Williams, STAR Writer

A 69-year-old American was sentenced for his role in assisting a Jamaican to fleece thousands of dollars from fellow Americans in the illicit lottery-scam trade operating out of Jamaica, THE weekend STAR understands.

According to www.al.com, a US district judge sentenced Leroy Williams on Tuesday to five years probation and $61,000 in restitution for helping defraud eight individuals of $74,300 over the course of two years.

Williams, who had no previous criminal history, was recruited by Jamaican fraudsters to help transfer money from US citizens to members of the scheme in Jamaica.

Members in Jamaica would contact individuals in the United States and tell them they had won a lottery or a vacation, according to court documents.

However, they were then told that they would have to send money to pay for fees and taxes to Williams' address in order to receive the award.

Court documents also indicated that once the money was received, Williams would send some to Jamaica, keeping a percentage for himself.

Williams, it was reported, was recruited to the Jamaican lottery scheme after receiving one of these calls. The website said most of the victims were elderly, with one being in the 30s.

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