The US Department of Justice, DOJ, says most of its lottery scam related cases over the last year relate to Jamaicans.
The revelation comes on the same day, the DOJ revealed that it has charged more than 2-hundred and 25 people over the last year for various fraud scams carried out against the elderly in the US.
US Attorney General William Barr and other law enforcement officials announced what they said was the department’s largest-ever nationwide crackdown on elder fraud schemes.
A Justice Department official says in total there were more than 2-hundred and 60 criminal and civil charges filed over the last year.
The cases identified by the department targeted people 60 and older and involved more than 2 million victims.
Responding to questions from Nationwide News yesterday, a DOJ spokesperson said ‘most of our lottery-related cases are Jamaican.’
The DOJ was however unable to provide an exact number of cases.
Among the would-be victims highlighted were William Webster, the former director of the FBI and CIA, and his wife, Lynda.
The couple described how they were targeted by a man from Jamaica who threatened them. The Websters involved the FBI, which arrested the man after he arrived in the U.S.
Another Jamaican who was charged with wire fraud in Leroy Spence.
Starting in 2012 up to May 2018, Spence and other have conspired with each other to commit wire fraud.
That’s according to an indictment filed in the Southern District of New York.