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62-year-old man charged in US for Jamaican lottery scam dealings

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2015 | 5:32 PM

A 62-year-old man has been arrested in the United States on charges related to the Jamaican lottery scam.

US Prosecutors say Roydel Nicholson, who resides in Rochester New York, has been arrested and charged with mail and wire fraud as well as money laundering.

It is alleged that Nicholson defrauded three individuals out of US$138,393 after they were led to believe that they had won various prizes, including $1 million in cash, in a Jamaican lottery.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York says of that amount $114,520 was transferred to individuals in Jamaica.

Assistant US Attorney Tiffany Lee says the victims are a 94-year-old man and a 74-year-old man, both from the state of California and 77-year-old woman from the state of Detroit.

If convicted Nicholson faces a maximum of 20 years in jail and fines totalling US$250,000.

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