Sun | Feb 18, 2018

Strong warning issued to 'money mules'

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 1:24 PM

Sergeant Kevin Watson of the Lottery Scam Task Force says more than 20 cases have been brought before the courts since the re-introduction of the Lottery Scam Task Force in September of 2016.

He is warning so-called money mules, who transport the proceeds of lottery scamming into Jamaica that they will face the full force of the law.

Sergeant Watson says many mistakenly believe that if the money they are carrying is below the US$10,000 threshold they can conceal the source.

However, he says this is a false notion.

He explains that once the money is found to be proceeds from criminal activities, such as lottery scamming, persons will be held liable.

The warning from the Lottery Scam Task Force follows the recent sentencing of an American man to two concurrent 15 month-prison terms at hard labour for his involvement in lottery scamming and money laundering.

Brooklyn, New York, resident, Randy Alexander Mulraine, was convicted in the St James Parish Court on December 22, 2016 and returned to the Montego Bay circuit court this week for possession of identity information of other persons.

The Lottery Scam Task Force says on November 30, 2016 Mulraine arrived at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, from New York City.

On arrival he was searched and the police say US$9,843 was found hidden in shoes in his luggage and on his person.

Further investigation carried out by the Lottery Scam Task Force revealed that the money in Mulraine’s possession were proceeds from lottery scamming activities. 

He was arrested and subsequently charged for possession of criminal property, bringing into Jamaica criminal property and possession of other person’s Identity Information with intent to use same to commit an offence.

The money was forfeited to the crown.