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Five accused St James scammers to return to court October 31

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Five St James men, who reportedly conned a number of victims out of US$500,000 (J$55,607,345) through the lottery scam, had their bails extended when they appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Thirty-one-year-old Marlon Lawrence of Hampton in St James and his four co-accused - Ricardo McLean, Bunny Tomblin, Damian Hutchinson and Shadrock Miller - were instructed by presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie to return to court on October 31, when a representative from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is expected to attend court to prosecute the case against them.

The allegations are that the five men worked together to con several persons in the United States out of the funds between 2005 and 2008.

Lawrence reportedly bilked two United States residents out of approximately US$12,500 (J$1,390,183) during this period.

"Is the file in a state of readiness?" Tie asked Clerk of the Court Reginald England when the case was mentioned yesterday.

"This is a matter where the DPP's office has conduct of the matter," England answered. "I spoke to Ms Maxine Jackson (a prosecutor from the DPP's office) and she told me that a representative is to come from the DPP's office."

Tie subsequently set the case for mention on October 31.

"You are all to return here on October 31. Your bails are extended," the magistrate told Lawrence and his co-accused.

christopher.thomas@gleanerjm.com