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Family members on lottery scam charges to get lawyer

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency team on operation in the Corporate Area. - File

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Three St James family members, who were arrested during a police operation against the illicit lottery scam, had their bails extended when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday.

Twenty-three-year-old Jerome Evans, his father, Osbourne, and aunt Janet Brown, all of a Granville address, were charged with possession of identity information. Their bails were extended until December 11, in order to allow them time to get legal representation.

It is alleged that, on October 28, a team from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, went to premises in Retirement district, in St James, and conducted a search of the house, where the three accused persons were.

It is further alleged that, under caution, the younger Evans said, "A just two piece of lottery scam papers me have," and he directed the officers to the location of two lead sheets while claiming he had found them in a dumpster. Brown and the senior Evans denied knowledge of the papers, and all three were arrested and charged.

"Do you have a lawyer?" presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie asked the three defendants, when their case was mentioned on Friday.

"Not as yet, we are going to get one," Osbourne Evans answered.

The court was also told that the prosecution's case file was still incomplete, as a corroborating officer's statement was outstanding.

"I am going to set this matter for next week Thursday (December 11) ... you need to get a lawyer for this type of matter," Tie told the defendants, before extending their bails.