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Jamaican sentenced in Boston court for lottery scamming in US

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 9:36 AM

Jamaican Kemal Barnes has been sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal court in Boston in the United States on a lottery scamming charge.

The sentence was handed down on Monday.

The 34-year-old man, who lives in Malden, Massachusetts, was also ordered to three years of supervised release and to pay US$118,367 in restitution.

Barnes will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence.

He pleaded guilty to mail fraud in April.

Prosecutors told the court that the Jamaican man contacted an elderly woman in Texas in 2015 and convinced her that she had won a lottery prize worth millions of dollars.

He told her that in order to claim her prize she had to send cash payments for lottery taxes and fees.

Prosecutors say the victim's son contacted law enforcement.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Barnes' home and found computers and a cell phone with a voice-over application.

He was arrested and subsequently charged.