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OCID rejects claims in lottery scam probe

Published:Friday | May 4, 2012 | 1:28 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey is rejecting assertions that Jamaican authorities are not assisting US officials in probes relating to the lottery scam.

His comments follow a media report that law enforcement personnel have not been cooperating with US investigators.

However, SSP Bailey said his division has an excellent relationship with the US, through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department.

He said the Jamaican Operations Linked to Telemarketing Task Force, which was set up in 2010, and the police force are working to achieve set targets in putting an end to the lottery scam.

SSP Bailey said the unwillingness of some lottery scam victims in the US to provide witness statements, continues to create challenges in the investigative process.

He said the expense associated with victims travelling to Jamaica is also a deterrent.

He is hoping that legislators will move expeditiously to approve the Evidence Act which will allow evidence to be taken by video.