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American man convicted for role in Jamaican-type lottery scam

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2016 | 12:08 PM

An American man in Florida has pleaded guilty to participating in a Jamaican-type lottery scam.

The United States Department of Justice says Delroy Drummond, a 26-year-old of Broward County in South Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Drummond is scheduled to be sentenced on May 31, where he will face a maximum statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Reports are that Drummond’s involvement in the scheme began in about April last year. His co-conspirators contacted elderly victims in the US and falsely informed them that they had won the lottery.The victims were told that they had to pay several thousand dollars in taxes and fees in order to collect their purported winnings.

According to documents filed by the Department of Justice, Drummond's co-conspirators then instructed the victims how to send the money that was directed to Drummond.

In September 2013, Drummond was contacted by US law enforcement regarding a package, which was sent through the mail, containing money from a victim of the fraudulent scheme.

The US justice department says at that time, Drummond was “confronted with the fact that he was participating in a lottery scheme and was warned by law enforcement to stop receiving money from victims of telemarketing fraud”.

In April 2015, the US justice department says Drummond obtained money wired to him under a fictitious name from a victim who had been falsely told that he or she had won a US$2.5 million lottery prize.
Drummond used fraudulent identification in order to receive the funds.

Between April 2015 and December 2015, Drummond reportedly received numerous packages containing money via the United States Mail, Federal Express, and United Parcel Service from multiple victims located throughout the US.

The victims of the fraudulent scheme reportedly lost about US$500,000 in the scam.