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4 women among 15 lottery scam detainees

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) task force yesterday started to interrogate 15 people who were detained during anti-lottery scam operations in the parishes of St Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover between Thursday and yesterday morning.

The 15 include four women who were held during the simultaneous operations, led by MOCA, and assisted by officers from the Financial Investigations Division, Mobile Reserve, the Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Customs, and the constabulary's Anti-Corruption Branch.

According to Inspector Dahlia Garrick, communication officer for MOCA, Thursday morning's operations were a follow-up to those conducted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January this year.

In January, members of MOCA journeyed to Florida to partner with the United States Postal Inspection Services, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration Customs Enforcement, US Marshall Service, US Social Services Administration, Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Miami Dade Police to gather information and clamp down on the lottery scam, which has seen several US residents fleeced of several millions of dollars.

During that US operation, just under US$250,000 was intercepted, which police said was intended for players in the lottery scam in Jamaica from unsuspecting elderly US citizens.

"MOCA and its partners wish to remind members of the public who may have any information that can assist them to call 754-3435 or 906-6318. They can also e-mail us at Moca@jcf.gov.jm or send information to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/moca jamaica," Inspector Garrick appealed yesterday.

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