US court convicts Jamaican lottery scammer

Friday, May 08, 2015

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A court in the United States yesterday convicted 25-year-old Sanjay Williams for his role in a Jamaican lottery scam.


Williams, who was found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering, could face up to 40 years in prison.


Investigators described Williams as a "lead broker" who brought and sold "sucker lists" of potential victims.


Williams was arrested in North Carolina where prosecutors say he had associates in the scam.


They say about a dozen defendants are awaiting extradition from Jamaica.


The prosecutors say the case came to light four years ago when an 86-year-old woman Edna Schmeets of North Dakota received a call from a man who told her she had won US$10 million and a new car and only needed to pay taxes and fees.


The woman's savings were eventually wiped out.


The jurors were told that investigators reviewed more than 500,000 documents, including 50,000 e-mails, many of which linked the scam to Williams.


-- CMC



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