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Crackdown on lottery scammers

Published:Sunday | July 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A 16-year-old boy and his 36-year-old mother are among three lottery scammers to be sentenced tomorrow after they pleaded guilty in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court.

The three were arrested and charged last November with breeches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

The 16-year-old resident of Jerusalem in Santa Cruz pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing identity information.

His mother, 36-year-old Denise Sutherland, pleaded guilty to four counts of aiding and abetting the commission of an offence contrary to the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

The third person, 19-year-old Tafarie Haddad, pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting the commission of an offence contrary to the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act.

The court was told that on Friday, November 29, 2013, members of the St Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit, with search warrants, visited the house occupied by the three.

During a search of the house a book containing names, addresses, contact numbers as well as social security numbers of persons living in the United States, and money transfer receipts were found in the room occupied by Haddad.

Money transfer receipts were also found in the room occupied by Sutherland.

The victim, who lives in the United States, gave the police a statement that he was swindled out of more than US$60,000.

In the meantime, 21-year-old Odain Burke was sentenced to three years at hard labour when he appeared before the St Elizabeth Circuit Court last Friday.

Burke had already pleaded guilty to breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act 2013.

The St Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit nabbed Burke on January 30, 2014 when the officers, armed with a search warrant, went to a premises occupied by him.

During a search several documents with names, telephone numbers and addresses of persons residing in the United States of America were found in a knapsack belonging to Burke.