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Six arrested over lottery scam

Published: Friday May 4, 2012 | 9:51 pm Comments 0

Six people have been arrested in two days of police operations in the corporate area by the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID).

In the first instance, a man and a woman were arrested about 5:00 p.m., yesterday after the man went to a financial institution to retrieve money from a United States currency account.

It is reported that detectives from OCID initiated contact with a victim in the United States, who has been fleeced of more than US$120,000.

The investigations led them to the man now in custody.

According to the police, his account contained close to US$60,000.

Local police have since contacted Immigration and Customs and Enforcement officers in the United States to assist in their cross-border investigations.

In the second instance, four persons including two women were arrested this afternoon.

The police say they carried out a raid on two premises where a number of computers with information on the lottery scam, lead lists, magic jacks and several television sets were seized.

A lead list is a document which contains the names of victims, their addresses and other personal information.

editorial@gleanerjm.com

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