The Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, has announced that it has busted a Lottery Scam ring in Hanover with the arrest of 10 people this morning.
The police say these arrests are as a result of a two-year investigation, which started in 2017.
That brings the number of people arrested during that period to 11. The arrests were made following early morning operations by security forces in the western parish.
The 11 have been charged for various breaches of the Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions (Special Provisions) Act, commonly called the Lottery Scam Act.
William Mitchell reports.
In a statement, the Constabulary’s Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, says at 5 o’clock this morning, it launched a four-hour long operation.
During the operation which included members of the Hanover police and military personnel, 13 people were taken into custody.
After questioning, 10 of those people were charged under the Lottery Scam Act.
Charged are 30-year-old bartender, Travis Coates, 23-year-old plumber, Kadeem Harvey, 23-year-old call centre operator, Khadija Harvey and 38-year-old labourer, Marvin Sanderson. Those four are form Santoy District.
Also charged are 27-year old labourer, Thandeka Parkins, 25-year- old boat operator, Omarie Reid, 24-year-old carpenter, Courtney Littlejohn and 49-year-old Sharon Kerr. These four are from Phoenix Town.
A man from John Crow Hill district, 27-year-old sales clerk, Ronoy Reid, otherwise called ‘Manpee’ and 23-year-old Chris-Roy Reid were also charged.
The 10 will appear in Hanover Parish court on Tuesday. Two women and a man were processed, interviewed and released.
According to C-TOC, this morning’s operation is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the illicit lottery scam. C-TOC says it started its investigation in 2017.
The investigation led to 30-year-old Anita Brown being arrested and charged in August 2018 for breaches of the Lottery Scam Act. Brown will also appear in court on Tuesday.