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Police hunt lottery scammers

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2012

The police are again warning that they will be unrelenting in their drive to dismantle the lucrative lottery scam that has been blamed for the spike in major crimes in St James and neighbouring parishes.



Last week the police arrested over 31 persons believed to be involved in the scam and seized several high-end vehicles, valued at over $50 million during separate operations in Rhyne Park and Rose Heights in St James.



Despite the successes, Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green says the scammers are finding creative ways to conduct their activities and elude detection.



But Mr Green, who heads the Major Investigation Taskforce, says the police are continuously gathering intelligence against the scammers and adds that he expects more arrests and seizures shortly.



The lottery scam is one of several illicit schemes that have surfaced in St James in recent years that have been blamed for the increase in the number of murders reported in the parish since 2006.