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Alleged Jamaican lottery scammer for US court today

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 2:53 AM

A 28-year-old Jamaican man is to appear in a United States Court today to answer to lottery scamming charges.



Damion Bryan of Hendon, Norwood St James was extradited from Jamaica to the United States yesterday.



He is to appear in the Southern District of Florida on 37 counts of wire fraud, and one count of committing these offences via telemarketing.



According to the indictment, Barrett and his co-conspirators fraudulently induced elderly victims in the United States to send them thousands of dollars to pay purported fees for lottery winnings they claimed the victims had won.



He was arrested on an extradition warrant in St James on January 22 and taken before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on January 27, where he waived his right to an extradition hearing.



Barrett’s arrest stemmed from an indictment filed in the Southern District Court of Florida in 2012 against him and his accomplice Onieke Barnett.



His accomplice is now serving a ten-year sentence in Florida for his involvement in lottery scamming activities.



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