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Accused lotto scammers to return to court March 12

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case against four St James residents who are facing lottery scam charges after being arrested in a raid in western Jamaica, in July, has been deferred to March 12 next year.

Jermaine McKenzie, Sharon Anderson, Lasharoo Shaw and Lacy-Ann Shaw, all of Catadupa addresses in St James, are charged with breaches of the 2013 Law Reform Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions Act.

The four were given the new court date and had their bail extended when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, before presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines.

It is alleged that between July 10 and 11, Anderson, McKenzie, and the Shaws were among 15 persons detained by operatives of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force during an anti-lottery scam operation across western Jamaica.

The case against the four defendants had previously been stalled due to the absence of the investigating officer from court, at which time a subpoena had been issued for him.