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Woman charged for scamming elderly Canadian man

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Officers from the Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance have charged 28-year old Hanover resident Santressa Kerr for allegedly scamming more than $3 million from a Canadian man.



Kerr is charged with money laundering, fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.



She is to appear in the Lucea Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.



The finance ministry says the woman’s arrest follows an extensive investigation by the FID in collaboration with local and international partners from the police force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.



The ministry says Kerr reportedly contacted the 75-year-old man telling him he had won the lottery.



It further said he sent more than CA$31,000 or more than J$3 million to claim his prize.



When the money was not forthcoming the elderly man filed a report with the police in Canada which then reached out to the Jamaica authorities.



The ministry notes that this is the first matter before the courts where a Canadian person was alleged targeted by lottery scammers. 



The finance ministry believes that this is a sign that the lottery scam could be spreading to areas outside the United States.



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