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St Elizabeth man gets 3 years for lottery scam

Wednesday, July 09, 2014    

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A St Elizabeth man who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the multi-million dollar lottery scam was last week sentenced to three years at hard labour after he pleaded guilty to breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act 2013.

The man, Oneil Burke, 21, was arrested on January 30 when officers from the St Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit, armed with a search warrant, went to a premises in the parish occupied by Burke. During a search several documents with names, telephone numbers and addresses of persons residing in the United States of America were found in a knapsack belonging to Burke. He was later charged.

Burke appeared in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, June 16 at which time the case was transferred to the St Elizabeth Circuit Court. On Wednesday, June 18 Burke pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing identity information.

Several United States citizens have been fleeced of large sums, amounting to millions of dollars, by Jamaicans who tricked them into believing they have they have won money in lottery games and get them into sending cash before they are allowed to claim their prizes.

The US Government has been working with the Jamaican police in clamping down on the scam.

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