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American involved in Jamaica-based lottery scam sentenced to 36 months in prison

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:25 PM

An American man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a Jamaica-based lottery scheme was today sentenced to 36 months imprisonment in the US.

Forty-nine-year-old Claude Shaw, of Miramar, Florida, is also to be subjected to three years of supervised release.

US District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas also ordered Shaw to pay US$128,440 in restitution.

He had pleaded guilty on March 22 to one count of mail fraud in the Southern District of Florida.

As part of his guilty plea, Shaw acknowledged that, from about September 2013 through to about August 20l5, he participated in a scheme to defraud victims in the United States and unlawfully enrich himself.

Prosecutors said victims throughout the United States received telephone calls in which they were falsely informed that they had won over US$1 million in a lottery and needed to pay money in advance to claim their winnings.

The victims were instructed on how, and to whom, to send their money.

Victims sent more than $100,000 to Shaw, who then forwarded a portion of the money to Jamaica.

Victims never received any lottery winnings.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division says today’s sentencing demonstrates the Justice Department’s commitment to combating foreign-based lottery fraud schemes targeting individuals in the United States.

He says financial schemes designed to defraud unsuspecting victims will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.