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Jamaican scammer released after year in US custody

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 12:31 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - A Jamaican has been sentenced to one year for mail fraud and money laundering in the US.

However he will be released from custody immediately having already served the time of the sentence.

Jeffery Augustus Bernard, along with four other men, was involved in laundering money from a lottery scam, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The twenty three year old and his cronies, also Jamaicans, reportedly targeted elderly residents throughout the US. The arrests were made after a victim sent US$25,000 to the men to satisfy costs associated with lottery winnings a year ago.

Bernard has been in custody since October, 2011.

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