Case against family accused in lotto scam moved to Circuit Court
Three St James family members, who were arrested during a police operation against the illicit lottery scam last October, had their case committed for hearing in the Circuit Court when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Twenty-three-year-old Jerome Evans, his father Osbourne Evans, and aunt Janet Brown, all of Granville in the parish, are charged for breaches of the Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act. Their case is set for hearing in the St James Circuit Court on February 3.
It is alleged that on October 28, 2014, a team from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency went to premises in Retirement District in St James and conducted a search of the house where the three accused persons were.
It is further alleged that, under caution, the younger Evans said, "A just two piece of lottery scam papers me have," and he directed the officers to the location of two lead sheets, while claiming he had found them in a dumpster. Brown and the senior Evans denied knowledge of the papers, and all three were arrested and charged.
When the case against the three defendants was mentioned on Monday, the court was told that the prosecution was ready to submit the matter for hearing at the next available date for the Circuit Court.
Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines subsequently ordered that fresh bail arrangements be made for the trio. Their matter was then set to be heard in the St James Circuit Court on February 3.
- Christopher Thomas