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Eight charged in lottery scam crackdown

Monday, January 22, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Detectives assigned to the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are reporting that an additional eight people have been charged for their involvement in a major lottery scam network operating out of Western Jamaica, bringing the total number of people charged to 18.

According to lawmen they were all charged following a series of operations in the communities of Farm Heights and Farm Hills in St James; Cornwall Mountain, Shrewsbury Logwood and Bethel Town in Westmoreland as well as Alderton and McDowell District in St Ann.

Charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013 are:

Vennecia Dixon, Ecardo Kelly, Alvin Kelly, Shereika Kelly, Omeika Thomas, Nicola Poyser, Ishmael Kelly, Davion Thomas, Ray Onfroy, Doreen Williams, Andrea Williams, Patsy Ferrigon, Christopher Steer, Honel Frame, Trishana Dove, Nicky-Ann Kelphat, Courtney Wallace, and Triston Grant.

The police said that Dixon, Thomas, Poyser and members of the Kelly family were all arrested during simultaneous MOCA operations carried out with the assistance of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force Mobile Reserve in St James and Westmoreland on October 7, 2017, following a probe into their alleged involvement in lottery scamming.

During a search of premises they occupied, lottery scam paraphernalia were found and seized by MOCA detectives resulting in their arrests, the police reported.

Subsequent to an interview session, the seven were charged on October 12, 2017 and each offered bail in the sum of $400,000.

On Friday October 20, 2017, Davion Thomas was charged by MOCA detectives after investigations revealed his alleged involvement in the same illicit activity.

He was also offered bail in the sum of $400,000.

According to the police, further investigations into the matter led detectives to a premises in St Ann in November last year and during their search Onfroy and Williams along with several documents containing identity information of individuals were found.

Andrea Williams, Ferrigon, Steer, Frame, Dove, Kelphat, Wallace and Grant were all arrested in December after they were found in possession of lottery scamming paraphernalia during an operation by MOCA West detectives.

All except Grant were offered bail in the sum of $400, 000.

Police said Grant was remanded in custody.

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