The communities of Lilliput, Orange, Mount Salem and Rose Heights in St James were again the focus of a police operation targeting persons involved in the multibillion-dollar lottery scam.
Eight premises were searched during the day-long operation – led by the Area One police on Saturday – that saw 22 people being detained. Some 16 high-end vehicles, furniture and $800,000 in cash were also confiscated during the raid.
“We do have three persons who we can charge right now for offences that were being investigated from a longer time,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Karl Williams, officer-in-charge of Area One (comprising Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland).
Statements From Victims
The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) indicated there are already statements from victims in the United States who were fleeced of their monies in the scam.
Among the vehicles seized by the lawmen are two five-series BMW motor cars, two Lexus sport utility vehicles, one Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and a one Honda CBR motorbike. Local and United States currency were confiscated as well as several computers, flat screen televisions, other household electronics and a quantity of ganja.
Williams told The Gleaner that his team was also examining several real estate properties.
“This is just one operation. We’re gonna have to do many more before we make any real impact in Montego Bay,” said the senior officer.
The illicit lottery scam has its genesis in Montego Bay. Players con victims into sending money to claim jackpots. The practice has also been linked to scores of homicides in St James.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner