Cops claim major breakthrough in cracking lotto scam

Jamaica Observer

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | 9:41 AM    

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THE Police say they have been making major dents in bringing the multi-million lotto scam to its knees. 

A Lottery Scam Task Force has been set up since February this year to collar the major players in a scam which has put the island's reputation in a bad light and resulted in may persons being fleeced of their life savings in the US.

In a media release, the Police High Command claims the task force has been reaping success against major persons of interest who are involved in the scam.

"Following four major lottery scam operations in St James, over 40 high-end and luxury motor vehicles costing millions of dollars were seized, and 102 persons detained, 19 of which were charged for the offences of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, unlawful possession of property and breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. These cases are presently before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

The seized items are being stored at the Financial Investigation Division (FID).

The police say they are working to identify and prosecute the top 300 players in the scam.



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