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Man held with lottery scamming device sentenced to five years

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A man who was held with documents and an electrical device used in lottery scamming has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment following a guilty plea.

Steve Lake, of Swallowfield Avenue, St Andrew, pleaded guilty to knowingly being in possession of identity information and possession of access device.

Justice Glen Brown has sentenced him to five years' imprisonment on each count.

The sentences are to run concurrently, which means Lake will serve five years.

The Home Circuit Court was told that on May 30, the police searched the home of the accused and his girlfriend on Swallowfield Avenue.

The police said they found a lead sheet with the names and addresses of several persons who lived in the United States in a dresser drawer.

The police also searched the laundry room, where they reportedly found an electrical reader machine and other sheets of paper with a number of email addresses.

Investigators said further that they seized a wallet belonging to Lake, which contained credit cards in the names of several persons.

Lake and his girlfriend, Crystal Rhone, were arrested and charged.

The Crown offered no evidence against Rhone after Lake pleaded guilty to the charges.