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US Ambassador warns more lottery scamming extraditions coming

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:38 PM
Luis Moreno ... Transnational crime is on the upsurge in Jamaica, specifically narcotics trafficking and the lottery scam, both bring criminality, corruption and instability.

Corey Robinson, Staff Reporter

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno is warning that efforts will be intensified to have more Jamaican lottery scammers extradited to America to be tried.

Since 2014, at least 15 Jamaicans have been extradited to the United States and at least five of them have been convicted.

But Moreno said more extraditions are coming.

“We have invested tens of millions of dollars in Jamaica’s security forces, and I promise you that the steady drumbeats of extradition will only get louder,” Moreno said at a 4th July celebration function at Devon House in St Andrew Monday night.

At the same time, Moreno said the US and Jamaica are stepping up joint law enforcement operations against scammers and drug traffickers.

“Transnational crime is on the upsurge in Jamaica, specifically narcotics trafficking and the lottery scam, both bring criminality, corruption and instability,” Moreno said, noting that up to one-third of all murders are directly or indirectly related to the scamming.

“If we do not do more, the cultural and economic distortion that this dirty money brings could destroy a whole generation,” said Moreno.

At the same time, he said while efforts have so far have been successful, there are still judicial reviews needed to tackle the lottery scam “cancer”.