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52-year-old Jamaican pleads guilty to lottery scamming in a West Virginia court

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A Jamaican man has pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court to conspiring to scam US citizens through an international lottery scheme.

The Exponent Telegram ( reports 52-year-old Davel Godfrey Young pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud with other co-conspirators from September 2008 through July 2011.

Assistant US Attorney Andrew Cogar says the defendants made unsolicited calls or sent messages to targets, falsely informing them they had won a multimillion-dollar lottery prize and a new vehicle.

The targets were also told they needed to pay taxes and processing fees by wiring funds.

According to the indictment, some of the targets included residents of West Virginia. Cogar stipulated that a part of the scheme was committed from outside the country.

Young will be sentenced at a later date.