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Government braces for lottery scam fallout

Published: Thursday March 14, 2013 | 1:22 pm with audio | Comments 0
Peter Bunting (left) minister of Security and Justice Minister Mark Golding at the Jamaica house press briefing today - Norman Grindley/Photographer.
Peter Bunting (left) minister of Security and Justice Minister Mark Golding at the Jamaica house press briefing today - Norman Grindley/Photographer.
National Security Minister Peter Bunting - File
National Security Minister Peter Bunting - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

National security minister, Peter Bunting has said the Government was prepared for the negative US media coverage, as a result of the effects of the lottery†scam.

Bunting was speaking this morning at a special press briefing at Jamaica†House.

Bunting and ICT state minister Julian Robinson have just returned from the US, where they met with government officials and members of civil society to discuss matters relating to the lottery†scam.

The national security minister sought to assure that the Government was prepared for any eventuality in light of yesterday's US Senate Hearing, as well as the airing of several†documentaries.

A US Senate Hearing yesterday heard testimonies from relatives of victims on the financial destruction on senior†Americans.

Bunting also explained that much damage to Jamaica's reputation had been taking place over several years and not just in recent†days.

In a jab at the opposition, the national security minister said the previous government's response to the scam was slow from as early as 2007 when it†emerged.

Bunting was supported by Justice Minister, Mark Golding, who argued that there was no preparatory work done on legislation to fight the fraud when the People's National Party took†office.

In the meantime, head of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force,†ACP Carl Williams told journalists that the police are providing adequate attention to new trends in its push to crush the†scam.†

The Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act 2013, which will outlaw scamming is to go to the Senate tomorrow for approval.

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