KINGSTON, May 21, CMC – The police here are reporting that a lottery scam worth billions of Jamaican dollars (one Jamaica dollar=0.011 US cents) is crumbling after the weekend arrest of several people including an alleged mastermind.
In recent weeks, a special detective unit, the Lottery Scam Task Force, has been tracing those involved in a crime syndicate that has fleeced thousands of people in the United States
On Saturday, the police said they made another breakthrough when a man thought to be one of the masterminds was among 28 people arrested during raids in the western parish of St James.
Task Force leader Superintendent Leon Clunis said there has since been a slow-down in the syndicate’s activities
He said the mastermind behind the scam, who is also a well-known political activist, was held in the upscale community of Coral Gardens. But he did not reveal his identity and remained tight-lipped about the identities of the other suspects.
Clunis also revealed that a dozen vehicles, including a luxury motor car, were seized in the raid.
Last week, scores of people believed to be aligned to the lottery scam were arrested as police seized several assets, from cars to household appliances.