Trelawny couple charged in lottery scam

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 6:35 AM    

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MEMBERS of the Lottery Scam Task Force arrested a man and a woman during an operation in Duncans Trelawny last Sunday.

Information received is that the police conducted an operation where a US national was spotted in a bank in the company of 26-year-old Kemar Steele, otherwise called ‘FBI Agent Andre Martin’, and his common-law wife, 24-year-old Kemisha Simmons, both of Duncans Hill in the parish.

The US national was lured into the country by the two, who are believed to be involved in the illegal lottery scam, the police said.

They told him he had won US$37,000,000, the police said.

He was told to collect it and pay over $300,000 to clear his winnings.

Further investigations led to a search of the couple’s house where items including two laptop computers containing information relating to the illegal lottery scam, other electronics, documents and $126,000 were found, the police said.

Steele was charged with conspiracy to defraud and Simmons with possession of criminal property, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

The two appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court where Steele was remanded in custody and Simmons granted bail. She is to visit the Duncans Police as part of the conditions of bail.

They are to return to court on September 26.



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