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Florida woman jailed for involvement in Jamaican-based lottery scam

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 2:38 PM

The United States Department of Justice says a Broward County, Florida woman has been jailed in Miami, for her role in connection with the operation of a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme.

The department says 33-year-old Cassandra Althea Palmer was yesterday sentenced by US District Judge Marcia G. Cooke to serve 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

A hearing has been scheduled for May 3 to determine the amount of restitution that Palmer will pay to the victim.

On December 7 last year, Palmer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

As part of her guilty plea, Palmer acknowledged that from February through April 2014, she was a member of a conspiracy with a co-conspirator in Jamaica that defrauded a Maryland resident.

Palmer was charged with the conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud on October 26, 2016.

Acting Assistant Attorney General, Chad Readler, says lottery scammers tied to Jamaica continue to prey on victims in the United States.

He says the department is committed to prosecuting those who participate in international lottery schemes, which frequently target elderly or vulnerable Americans.