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First J'can extradicted for lottery scamming sentenced in US court

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 6:58 PM

The first Jamaican to be extradited to the United States to face lottery fraud charges, Damion Byran Barrett, has been sentenced to almost four years in a US federal prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Barrett, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to being part of a wire fraud conspiracy, was sentenced on Friday when he appeared in a south Florida court.

District Judge William Zloch sentenced Barrett to 46 months in prison and ordered him to pay US$94,456 in restitution.

If he receives a job in prison that pays wages, he will have to turn over half of it toward the judgement.
He was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation after his release and ordered to pay 10 per cent of his monthly earnings toward the judgement.

Barrett was part of a conspiracy that tricked US seniors into believing that they had won millions of dollars and as a result, needed to pay advance fees to claim their winnings.

The sweepstakes scam, that operated between late 2008 and 2012, used middlemen in South Florida to collect cash from victims all over the US.