Minor among 7 held in lottery scam bust; 5 high-end vehicles seized
Two of the vehicles seized in the security operation. (Photo: CCU)

SEVEN people, believed to be part of the multimillion-dollar lottery scam, were held Thursday and five high-end motor vehicles seized during a joint police-military operation in Great Pond, St Ann.

Among those in custody is a minor, the constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) said in a release.

“The operation forms part of the security forces’ crackdown on lottery scamming across Jamaica,” said the CCU.

During the raid, three BMW motor cars, one Toyota Mark X and one Toyota Crown were seized, in addition 10 cellular phones and two laptops.

“... Between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 in the morning a joint police-military operation, led by the Lottery Scamming Task Force, searched several homes at Great Pond Estate in the parish.

“Several of those in custody have been charged for breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) Act and for Possession of Identity Information,” said the CCU release.

Among those charged are a 27-year-old businessman, two 22-year-old men, and a 17-year-old. All are from the parish of St Ann. The other people in custody are to be questioned by the police, according to the CCU.

The identities of the seven are being withheld, pending further investigations by the Lottery Scam Task Force.

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