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St James cop charged for lottery scamming

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A police constable assigned to the St James Police Division was yesterday slapped with lottery scamming and other charges after an associate of his was nabbed at the Sangster International Airport (SIA) with pictures relating to lottery scamming activities on a phone.

Investigations led to the constable's premises being searched resulting in the seizure of an illegal firearm and several lead sheets with identity information of several people living overseas.

Reports from the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force are that about 12:35 pm, on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, an alleged associate of a Constable Derrol Williams arrived at the SIA on a flight from Orlando International Airport.

During a search of the associate's luggage by customs officers, over US$14,000 was found and seized.

Further investigations led to a search of the associate's phone, which revealed conversations between Williams showing receipts from a remittance agency and approximately 10 pictures of credit cards.

Following the seizure of the illegal firearm and several lead sheets a file was prepared and submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling.

The cop was charged with knowingly possessing identity information, conspiracy to commit an offence under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, causing the transport of cash into Jamaica exceeding the sum of US$10,000, causing a false declaration to be made to Customs and illegal possession of firearm.

Williams is now set to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court today for the firearm charge, while he will appear before the St James Parish Court tomorrow to answer to the other charges.

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